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Serious shortage protocols (SSPs)

In February 2019, the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 were changed to introduce SSPs.


These changes happened 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.


SSP updates

There are currently no active updates.