Contractor Notice: Further extension to SSP08

Contractor Notice: Further extension to SSP08

February 26, 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has provided an update on the Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg (SSP08).

SSP08 for Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg was previously expected to expire on 22nd January 2021 but the end date has been further extended to 8th March 2021.

Please note: expiry dates of an SSP may be brought forward or extended, and the content may be amended at any time during the life of an SSP. Pharmacists should ensure they are using the latest version of an SSP before considering the supply of an alternative product.


SSP & Product Current expiry date
SSP08: Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg This SSP has been varied – the revised end date for SSP08 is now 8th March 2021
Current versions of SSPs can be found at:

Other active SSPs

SSP Expiry Date
SSP05: Fluoxetine 10mg tablets
31st March 2021
SSP07: Fluoxetine 30mg capsules 12th March 2021
SSP09: Fluoxetine 40mg capsules 31st March 2021
SSP10: Levothyroxine 12.5mcg tablets 5th March 2021

Reimbursement and remuneration

Reimbursement is for the medicine supplied in accordance with the SSP and not the originally prescribed medicine. 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)

Support in implementing the SSPs

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

Submission of Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP) claims using EPS tokens

PSNC Briefing 037/20: Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP): SSP08 – Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg

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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