The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that sufficient stock of Oestrogel® Pump Pack (estradiol) 0.06% gel and Ovestin® (estriol 0.1%) 1mg cream is now available to meet normal demand. As a result the following  Serious Shortage Protocols, will expire at 23.59pm on Wednesday 30 November 2022. After this date, any prescriptions for Oestrogel® Pump Pack (estradiol) 0.06% gel or Ovestin® (estriol 0.1%) 1mg cream must be dispensed in accordance with the prescription, and the SSPs will no longer be valid for use.

Expiry Date
Supporting Information
SSP019 Oestrogel® Pump-Pack 0.06% gel – restriction
30 November 2022
SSP019 guide
SSP020 Ovestin® 1mg cream – restriction
30 November 2022
SSP020 guide
SSP022 Oestrogel® Pump-Pack 0.06% gel (750microgram per actuation) – substitution
30 November 2022
SSP022 guide
SSP023 Oestrogel® Pump-Pack 0.06% gel (750microgram per actuation) – substitution and restriction
30 November 2022
SSP023 guide
SSP024 Ovestin® 1mg cream – substitution
30 November 2022
SSP024 guide
SSP025 Ovestin® 1mg cream – substitution and restriction
30 November 2022
SSP025 guide

Top tips for SSP claims

Where available, use the claim amend facility on the PMR system to rectify any incorrect EPS claims already submitted this month.
Any paper prescriptions with SSP claims need to be placed in the red separator provided by the NHSBSA.
For any supplies made in accordance with SSPs, check that the correct number of patient charges are collected and declared on the end of month FP34C submission document.
Although an SSP cannot be used outside its period of validity, claims can be submitted up to three calendar months after expiry or withdrawal of the SSP.
NHSBSA advise that contractors must follow the specific endorsement guidance issued with each SSP and endorsements should be clear and unambiguous – NHSBSA processing staff must be able to determine what has been supplied.
Pharmacy contractors should keep a record of all SSP claims submitted each month to reconcile against their monthly Schedule of Payments or Prescription Item (Px) reports.
View our SSP submission guidance to ensure your SSP claims are appropriately submitted to NHSBSA  for reimbursement.

Additional information

PSNC Briefing 011/21: Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) updated endorsing guidance


Live SSPs


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