Links to information sources to assist Community Pharmacies in managing supply problems/shortages are provided below.
Intermittent supply problems can occur due to either manufacturing issues causing shortages of branded products (‘Manufacturer Cannot Supply’, MCS) or supply issues affecting medicines, resulting in generics being difficult to obtain at Scottish Drug Tariff Part 7 (SDT) prices, or at all.
Information on Part 7 generic medicines which are identified as being in short supply is available via the Community Pharmacy Scotland Website which indicates the revised Part 7 prices for agreed shortages. Community Pharmacists are advised to report problems with obtaining Part 7 items at Tariff prices via the Community Pharmacy Scotland Shortages Reporter.
Supply issues are constantly in flux – Community Pharmacists will have access to up to date information on availability via wholesalers.
A flowchart has been produced by NHS Forth Valley to assist Community Pharmacists in managing supply problems and additional advice is also available in a Community Pharmacy Scotland guidance document. Local NHS Forth Valley advice on specific shortages is available below.
Information sources to assist in managing supply problems/shortages
- Current information on Supply Issues with local Forth Valley advice. (Last Updated: 26th August 2019) – this document is updated on a regular basis
- NHS Forth Valley Shortages Flowchart to assist in managing supply problems
- A shortages guidance document has been produced by Community Pharmacy Scotland and endorsed by NHS Boards
- Community Pharmacy Scotland Part 7 shortage information
- Community Pharmacy Scotland Shortages Reporter
The advice in the Forth Valley Supply Issues document is not intended to serve as a standard of medical care or be applicable in every situation. Decisions regarding the treatment of individual patients must be made by the clinician in light of that patient’s presenting clinical condition and with reference to current good medical practice.