|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.