Five SSPs further extended

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has provided an update on the Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for 5 SSPs. The following HRT SSPs were due to expire 13 January 2023 but have been further extended to Friday 27 January 2023.

SSP Expiry Date Supporting Information
SSP029 Sandrena®  0.5mg and 1mg gel sachets – restriction 27 January 2023 SSP029 guide
SSP030 Sandrena®  0.5mg and 1mg gel sachets –  substitution 27 January 2023 SSP030 guide
SSP031 Sandrena® 0.5mg and 1mg gel sachets –  substitution and restriction 27 January 2023 SSP031 guide
SSP036 Estraderm MX® 100mcg patches 27 January 2023 SSP036 guide
SSP038 Estraderm MX® 75mcg patches 27 January 2023 SSP038 guide

Three HRT SSPs expired on Friday 13 January, click here to view our full article.

Pharmacists should ensure they are looking at the latest version of the SSP and endorsement guidance on the NHSBSA website.

Contractors will receive an email to their shared NHSmail account informing them of these changes and pharmacy teams are advised to read the documentation  in full and to implement the protocols with immediate effect. Pharmacists are required to read and comply with the requirements outlined within the individual SSP as published on the NHSBSA website.

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Support in implementing the SSPs

The following resources have been developed to support pharmacy teams in using these protocols.

Current versions of SSPs

Live SSPs

PSNC’s Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) Endorsing Factsheet

PSNC Briefing 023/19: Serious Shortage Protocols – A guide for community pharmacy teams

Serious Shortage Protocols Operational Guidance

Serious Shortage Protocols Questions & Answers

Background information on SSPs

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