Changes to the Northern Ireland Pharmaceutical Regulations came into force on 31 October 2019 to allow for the introduction of Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) in the event of a serious shortage of medicines.
Contractors will be notified of the issuing of SSPs applicable to Northern Ireland in a number of ways:
Further detailed guidance has been issued by the Department of Health. This includes form SSP/F/01 which can be downloaded to facilitate the notification of prescribers where necessary (notification of the prescriber is only required where a supply is made to a patient for a therapeutic equivalent or when notification of the prescriber is required under the terms of a specific SSP). A copy of FAQs and a patient information leaflet will also be made available on the BSO website.