Contractor Notice: Further extension to SSP06 – Fluoxetine 40mg capsules

Contractor Notice: Further extension to SSP06 – Fluoxetine 40mg capsules

September 25, 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has provided an update on the Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for Fluoxetine 40mg capsules (SSP06).

SSP06 for Fluoxetine 40mg capsules was previously expected to expire on 25th September but the end date has been further extended to 2nd October 2020. This expiry date may be brought forward or extended, and the content may be amended throughout this period. Pharmacists should ensure they are using the current version of an SSP before supplying an alternative product.


SSP & Product Current expiry date
SSP06: Fluoxetine 40mg capsules This SSP has been varied – the revised end date for SSP06 is now 2nd October 2020.


Reimbursement is for the medicine supplied in accordance with the SSP and not the originally prescribed medicine i.e. in this instance contractors will be reimbursed the Drug Tariff Part VIIIA reimbursement price for the Fluoxetine 20mg capsules (or any concessionary price granted, where applicable). The reimbursement price will account for VAT payment. Supply in accordance with the SSP will result in the following fees being paid to the contractor:

  • One Single Activity fee (currently £1.27)
  • One SSP fee (£5.35)

Other active SSPs

SSP & Product Current expiry date
SSP05: Fluoxetine 10mg capsules The revised end date for SSP05 is now 31st March 2021.

Support in implementing the SSPs

The following resources have been developed to support pharmacy teams in using these protocols.

PSNC Briefing 017/20: Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs): SSP06 – Fluoxetine 40mg capsules

Current versions of SSPs

Serious Shortage Protocols Operational Guidance

Serious Shortage Protocols Questions & Answers

PSNC’s Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) Endorsing Factsheet

PSNC Briefing 023/19: Serious Shortage Protocols – A guide for community pharmacy teams

Background information on SSPs

Further information on what SSPs are and when they may be used is available via the links below.

Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) on-demand webinar

Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) webpage


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