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Factors including branded generic prescribing to blame for current shortages

September 25th 2017

Tagged: DM Zone news political news Pharmacy owners' news England

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Pharmacy negotiators the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has told pharmacists that it is in “urgent discussions with the Department of Health regarding price concessions”, which also apply to dispensing GPs.

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.

PSNC invites dispensing GPs to contribute reports on generic shortages, via its website, as these reports form a very important basis on which price concessions are agreed.

As soon as any price concessions are agreed, the DDA website will be updated for the benefit of DDA members.

PSNC says it is “deeply frustrated and alarmed by the current medicines supply situation”, which it says it caused by factors such as the increasing use of branded generics by CCGs.  The DDA has identified this as a current issue for dispensing practices.

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