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Medicine Shortages and News

 Medicines supply and shortages updates from the Department of Health and Social Care < click here to register>
 
Serious Shortage Protocols 
In February 2019, the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 were changed to introduce SSPs. 
Further changes came into force in July 2019, in the NHS (amendments relating to serious shortage protocols) Regulations 2019.
If the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) decide there is a serious shortage of a specific medicine or appliance, then an 
serious protocol may be issued.
The contractor must use their professional skill and judgement to decide, alongside medical experts, whether it's reasonable
and appropriate to substitute the patients prescribed order for the active SSP. The patient would also have to agree to the 
alternative supply for that dispensing month.
Serious shortage protocols/ updates  can be viewed here 
 
 Please note supply issues and shortages are fluid and the picture can often change quite quickly.