Contractor Notice: SSP08: Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg expired

Contractor Notice: SSP08: Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg expired

March 8, 2021

Following the implementation of SSP08, DHSC has announced that sufficient stock of Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg is now available to supply normal demand; as a result the SSP08 for Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg expired at 23.55pm on Monday 8th March 2021. Any prescriptions for Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg after this date must be dispensed in accordance with the prescription, as the SSP will no longer be valid for use.

Top Tips

  • View our SSP submission reminder to ensure your SSP claims are appropriately submitted to NHSBSA  for reimbursement.
  • Pharmacy teams are advised to submit SSP claims using the EPS token if your PMR systems do not support/capture all the SSP endorsement requirements for a valid claim.
  • If using a token to submit SSP claims, to avoid double-claiming, remember to mark the item covered by the SSP as ‘Not Dispensed’/’ND’ on the EPS message.
  • Where available, use the claim amend facility on your PMR system to rectify any incorrect EPS claims already submitted this month.
  • Any paper prescriptions or tokens with SSP claims need to be placed in a red separator (and kept separate from other tokens for non-payment i.e. with paid/exempt status).
  • Check that the correct number of patient charges are collected and declared on the end of month FP34C submission form.
  • SSPs will be accepted for up to three calendar months after expiry or withdrawal of the SSP. For example, for the Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg SSP, which was withdrawn on 8th March, the NHSBSA would look for the “NCSO” endorsement in the March batch (submitted by the 5th of April), April batch (submitted by the 5th May) and May batch (submitted by the 5th of June).
  • NHSBSA advise that contractor SSP claims should be clear and unambiguous and follow the protocol guidelines – NHSBSA processing staff must be able to determine what has been supplied.
  • Pharmacy contractors should keep a record of all SSP claims and reconcile when their Schedule of Payments are sent.

Additional information

On 26th February 2021 it was announced that the Secretary of State had further extended SSP08 to 8th March 2021 to help manage the supply of Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg. This SSP was put in place to manage stock and to try to ensure that fewer patients have to return to their prescriber.

View PSNC’s SSP FAQ page here.

View NHSBSA’s support guidance to endorsing Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg SSPs here.

To view the latest SSP updates visit: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/pharmacies-gp-practices-andappliance-contractors/serious-shortage-protocols-ssps



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