Regulations on entry to NHS pharmaceutical market

August 2016

General Practitioners

Country of origin: UK

The Department of Health has published new Regulations on NHS pharmaceutical services, following consultation. Laid before parliament, recently, the Regulations, NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations Statutory Instrument SI 2012/1909, which come into force in September:

¡öreplace the current legislative system known as ¡°control of entry¡±, where decisions, with certain exceptions, are based on whether it is ¡°necessary or expedient¡± for a Primary Care Trust (PCT) to grant applications for entry to its NHS pharmaceutical services list, with a new regime where PCTs¡¯ determinations are based on needs or improvements identified in the relevant PCT¡¯s local Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA)
¡öintroduce the concept of ¡°unforeseen benefits¡± to the overall provision of services allowing applicants to demonstrate innovative ways of providing services or of delivering better health outcomes not anticipated in the PNA
¡öremove three of the four current exemptions to the ¡°necessary or expedient¡± test ¨C for pharmacies opening at least 100 hours per week, in designated large out-of-town shopping centres and in large one-stop primary care centres
¡öintroduce a new performance regime for under-performing chemists, which involves a series of graduated actions that PCTs will be able to apply, with removal from the PCT¡¯s pharmaceutical list as an ultimate sanction
¡ömake provision for managing the transition between the current legislative system and the new arrangements.

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