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

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.

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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