Update: Generics Supply Situation


Update: Generics Supply Situation

September 22, 2017

Following inspections at Bristol Laboratories and Dr Reddy’s, PSNC is aware of the very great difficulties that contractors are having sourcing a large number of products, with both shortage and pricing issues playing a part. This is having a huge impact on workload and a catastrophic impact on cash flow.

We are in urgent discussions with the Department of Health regarding price concessions and wider concerns about the numerous market issues that pharmacy contractors and teams are facing, and are seeking immediate action to offer some relief for contractors.

During this period, please do continue to report generic issues using the generic shortages form which can be found here. These reports form a very important basis on which price concessions are agreed and we would like to thank those contractors who have already taken the time to fill in the form. Contractors might want to discuss wider supply issues with their PSNC Regional Representatives.

As always, as soon as any price concessions are agreed, the website will be updated and an email alert will be sent to all of our email newsletter subscribers. To sign up to the newsletter, please visit psnc.org.uk/newsletter.

PSNC Member and independent community pharmacy contractor Mark Burdon said:

“Like all community pharmacy contractors, those of us on PSNC are deeply frustrated and alarmed by the current medicines supply situation. PSNC alerted the Department of Health as soon as we became aware of the extent of the issues and saw the drastic impact on our cashflow.

PSNC is seeking recognition from the Department of these cashflow problems and the fact that this is having a serious impact on all of our abilities to deliver medicines to patients. We have explained that factors such as the removal of regulatory lag and the increasing use of Branded Generics by CCGs are combining to cause real problems with supply and prices, and said that we need action to ensure the resilience of the supply chain. Urgent discussions continue.

In the meantime, while recognising the immense pressure that contractors are under and being reluctant to add another job to the list, it really does make a difference if contractors keep completing the form on the website to tell us about the problems they are having – it is only with this intelligence that we can make the case for improvements.”

PSNC Chief Executive Sue Sharpe said:

“Pharmacies are working very hard to source supplies and ensure they meet patients’ needs. This is a big additional work pressure at a time when many pharmacies are struggling to survive punishing cuts in NHS funding. Smaller pharmacies have been particularly badly hit by government funding cuts and we are very concerned for their ability to survive the combined pressures.

PSNC is working to ensure the Department of Health understands the problems and risks involved in pharmacies not being able to obtain medicines for patients in a timely manner. We are working with the Department to develop ways of best managing the situation to help maintain the vital supply of medicines, including making speedy adjustments to address the impact of the high price rises we are seeing.”


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