With all the drug shortages at the moment pharmacists are finding that they have to get in touch more and more with the GP practices to discuss the need for an alternative and some times the alternatives are also unavailable.
Understandably this has led to frustration with GP's and patients alike. Having discussed the issue with our GP colleagues they have expressed that it would be useful to know what the pharmacy has available when they receive requests for alternative treatments.
So as a consequence and In order to minimise disruption to patient care, where possible please let the surgery know availability of suitable alternatives when you contact them.
Don't Forget to Report to PSNC
Don't forget if you have a problem with with prices or shortages please let the PSNC know via their web form . This will give PSNC the data they need when they are negotiating with the department of health.
The forms can be found on the concession price page on the PSNC website.
Please note: - Only use the web form, do not contact the PSNC by telephone as this delays the process. Please use the website.
Pharmacy Poster / Flyer Resource
Pharmacies may also find the flyer below useful to put up in the pharmacy or to hand out to patients. It helps to explain some of the problems to patients.
If you can not see the image below you can download a copy by clicking here.