The Specialist Pharmacy Services (SPS) Medicines Supply Tool supplies up to date information about stock supply issues. To access the tool, you need to REGISTER using an nhs.net email address.
If you have any problems, contact the dedicated Medicine Supply Tool inbox: email@example.com
There is also a page dedicated to up-to-date information specifically about available HRT products which can be accessed here
Alternatively, MIMS publish a "Live" tracker for drug shortages which is updated daily which can accessed by clicking on the link below:
Please note: you will need to be registered with gponline in order to access the MIMS page. If you need to register please click here
In February 2019, the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 were changed to introduce SSPs.
Further changes came into force in July 2019, in the NHS (amendments relating to serious shortage protocols) Regulations 2019.
If the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) decide there is a serious shortage of a specific medicine or appliance, then an SSP may be issued.
The contractor must use their professional skill and judgement to decide, alongside medical experts, whether it's reasonable and appropriate to substitute the patient's prescribed order for the active SSP. The patient would also have to agree to the alternative supply for that dispensing month.
Contractors should check the tables (click on link below) for the latest information for each SSP's validity, as they can change.
To view active SSP updates click here