Contractor Notice: SSP02 Fluoxetine 30mg capsules and SSP03 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules extended

Contractor Notice: SSP02 Fluoxetine 30mg capsules and SSP03 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules extended

October 30, 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.

SSP02 Fluoxetine 30mg capsules and SSP03 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules have been extended (SSP01 for Fluoxetine 10mg capsules was withdrawn from 23.55pm Friday 25th October 2019). The extension dates can be seen in the table below:

UpdateSSP03 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules extended– revised expiry date is now 20th November 2019.

SSP Current expiry date
SSP02: Fluoxetine 30mg capsules This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 20th November 2019
SSP03: Fluoxetine 40mg capsules This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 20th November 2019

These expiry dates 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.

Current versions of SSPs can be found at: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/pharmacies-gp-practices-andappliance-contractors/serious-shortage-protocols-ssps

FAQ

Q. I have a prescription for two items; one item covered by an active SSP and the other for a non-SSP item. The item covered by SSP is supplied within the period of SSP validity but the non-SSP item is only part-dispensed with an owing for the patient. The balance of the non-SSP item is not dispensed to the patient until after the expiry of the SSP. Will I be reimbursed for an SSP if the prescription is submitted for payment after the SSP expiry date?

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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