Contractor Notice: SSP01 Fluoxetine 10mg capsule withdrawn

Contractor Notice: SSP01 Fluoxetine 10mg capsule withdrawn

October 24, 2019

On 3rd October 2019 it was announced that the Secretary of State had authorised three Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) to help manage the supply of some formulations of Fluoxetine. These SSPs were put in place to manage stock and to try to ensure that fewer patients have to return to their prescriber.

Following the successful implementation of SSP01 DHSC has announced that sufficient stock of fluoxetine 10mg capsules is now available to supply normal demand; as a result the SSP01 for Fluoxetine 10mg capsules is being withdrawn from 23.55pm Friday 25th October 2019. Any prescriptions for fluoxetine 10mg capsules after this date must be dispensed in accordance with the prescription, as the SSP will no longer be valid for use.

The SSPs SSP02: Fluoxetine 30mg capsule and SSP03: Fluoxetine 40mg capsule remain in place and are currently due to expire on 31st October 2019*. 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.

*UpdateFluoxetine 30mg capsules and 40mg capsules SSPs extended

Current versions of SSPs can be found at:


Q. I still can’t source Fluoxetine 10mg caps, can I dispense according to SSP01 until normal supply resumes?

A. No. Any prescriptions for fluoxetine 10mg capsules received after 23.55 Friday 25th October 2019 must be dispensed in accordance with the prescription. From 23.55 Friday 25th October 2019 SSP01 will no longer be valid for use.

Q. My regular wholesaler doesn’t have stock of fluoxetine 10mg caps, which wholesalers have stock? 

PSNC cannot provide details directing contractors to specific suppliers as we are prevented from doing so by competition law. We are however, aware that wholesalers do have stock and are able to meet normal demand for this line.

Q. In October I dispensed a prescription for fluoxetine 10mg following SSP01; I also issued an owing for another item on the prescription that I part dispensed. The balance of the owing was not collected until November meaning this prescription will be submitted to NHSBSA with my November bundle, will I be reimbursed for the SSP?

Contractors have to submit their claim for the SSPs in the usual manner, i.e. by the 5th of the month following that in which supply was made . However, any prescriptions with mixed (SSP and non-SSP items) may be claimed up to three months after the SSP expires to help deal with claims for any owings on the prescription. Using the example of SSP01 which expired 25 October, the final cut-off for submission to be reimbursed for this SSP would be with your December bundle (submitted by the 5th of January).

Please note that SSPs cannot be supplied past the period of SSP validity. Any other items on the prescription (such as an owing) can continue to be dispensed as usual but must be submitted for payment within three months of expiry of the SSP.


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