The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that sufficient stock of Estraderm MX® 25mcg and 100mcg patches is now available to meet normal demand. As a result the Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs), SSP035 Estraderm MX® 25mcg patches and SSP036 Estraderm MX® 100mcg patches expire at 23.59pm on Friday 14 October 2022. After this date, any prescriptions for Estraderm MX® 25mcg and 100mcg patches must be dispensed in accordance with the prescription, and SSP035 and SSP036 will no longer be valid for use.

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.
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.
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. NHSBSA have published information on common SSP endorsing errors they see when processing claims.
Any paper prescriptions with SSP claims need to be placed in the red separator provided by the NHSBSA.
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 to help manage any owings for other items issued on the same prescription form. For example, for SSP035 Estraderm MX® 25mcg patches or SSP036 Estraderm MX® 100mcg patches, which expires at 23.59pm on Friday 14 October 2022, the NHSBSA would continue to look for the “SSP” endorsement on prescriptions for Estraderm MX® 25mcg and 100mcg patches that are submitted with the November batch (submitted by 5 December), December batch (submitted by 5 January) and January batch (submitted by 5 February).
Pharmacy contractors should declare the number of SSP claims submitted each month to reconcile against their monthly Schedule of Payments or Prescription Item (PIR) reports.
View our SSP submission guidance to ensure your SSP claims are appropriately submitted to NHSBSA  for reimbursement.

Additional information

Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs)

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



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