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Serious shortage protocols (SSPs)

The endorsement requirements for products supplied in accordance with a Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP) have been updated, as per Clause 9E, Part II of the June 2021 Drug Tariff

More information is available in our 'Updated endorsement guidance for SSP products' news article.

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 for the latest information for each SSP's validity, as they can change. 

 

SSP updates

August 2021

Name of SSP \ ref no. Start and end date Supporting guidance
SSP05 Fluoxetine 10mg tablets (PDF:134KB)

12 Mar 20 to  31 Mar 21

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 12 Nov 21

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 113KB)

June 2021

Name of SSP \ ref no. Start and end date Supporting guidance
SSP012 Estradot®  75microgram patches (PDF:204KB)

29 Apr 21 to 4 Jun 21

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 11 Jun 21

Estradot®  supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 120KB)
SSP007 Fluoxetine 30mg capsules (PDF:144KB)

20 Oct 20 to 22 Dec 20

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 28 July 2021

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 142KB)
SSP05 Fluoxetine 10mg tablets (PDF:134KB)

12 Mar 20 to  31 Mar 21

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 13 Aug 21

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 113KB)

April 2021

Name of SSP \ ref no. Start and end date Supporting guidance
SSP012 Estradot®  75microgram patches (PDF:204KB) 29 Apr 21 to 4 Jun 21 Estradot®  supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 112KB)
SSP011 Competact 15mg/850mg tablets (PDF:170KB)

24 Mar 21 to 7 May 21

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 14 May 21

Competact supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 113KB)
SSP010 Levothyroxine 12.5microgram tablets (PDF:143KB)

3 Feb 21 to 5 Mar 21

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 1 Apr 21

Levothyroxine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 111KB)
SSP009 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules (PDF:139KB)

29 Jan 21 to 31 Mar 21

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 17 May 21

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 111KB)
SSP007 Fluoxetine 30mg capsules (PDF:144KB)

20 Oct 20 to 22 Dec 20

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 13 Aug 21

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 130KB)
SSP05 Fluoxetine 10mg tablets (PDF:134KB)

12 Mar 20 to  31 Mar 21

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 13 Aug 21

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 103KB)

March 2021

Name of SSP \ ref no. Start and end date Supporting guidance
SSP011 Competact 15mg/850mg tablets (PDF:170KB) 24 Mar 21 to 7 May 21 Competact supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 113KB)
SSP010 Levothyroxine 12.5microgram tablets (PDF:143KB)

3 Feb 21 to 5 Mar 21

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 1 Apr 21

Levothyroxine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 111KB)
SSP009 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules (PDF:139KB)

29 Jan 21 to 31 Mar 21

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 17 May 21

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 111KB)
SSP008 Salazopyrin 500mg EN tablets (PDF:151KB)

20 Oct 20 to 4 Dec 20

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 8 Mar 2021

Salazopyrin EN supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 130KB)
SSP007 Fluoxetine 30mg capsules (PDF:144KB)

20 Oct 20 to 22 Dec 20

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 17 May 2021

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 130KB)
SSP05 Fluoxetine 10mg tablets (PDF:134KB)

12 Mar 20 to  31 Mar 21

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 17 May 21

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 103KB)

February 2021

Name of SSP \ ref no. Start and end date Supporting guidance
SSP010 Levothyroxine 12.5microgram tablets (PDF:143KB)

3 Feb 21 to 5 Mar 21

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 12 Mar 21

Levothyroxine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 111KB)
SSP009 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules (PDF:139KB)

29 Jan 21 to 31 Mar 21

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 111KB)
SSP008 Salazopyrin 500mg EN tablets (PDF:151KB)

20 Oct 20 to 4 Dec 20

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 8 Mar 2021

Salazopyrin EN supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 130KB)
SSP007 Fluoxetine 30mg capsules (PDF:144KB)

20 Oct 20 to 22 Dec 20

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 12 Mar 2021

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 130KB)
SSP05 Fluoxetine 10mg tablets (PDF:134KB)

12 Mar 20 to  31 Mar 21

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 31 Mar 2021.

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 103KB)

January 2021

Name of SSP \ ref no. Start and end date Supporting guidance
SSP009 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules (PDF:139KB)

29 Jan 21 to 31 Mar 21

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 111KB)
SSP008 Salazopyrin 500mg EN tablets (PDF:151KB)

20 Oct 20 to 4 Dec 20

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 26 Feb 2021

Salazopyrin EN supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 130KB)
SSP007 Fluoxetine 30mg capsules (PDF:144KB)

20 Oct 20 to 22 Dec 20

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 12 Mar 2021

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 130KB)
SSP05 Fluoxetine 10mg tablets (PDF:134KB)

12 Mar 20 to  31 Mar 21

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 31 Mar 2021.

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 103KB)

October 2020

Name of SSP \ ref no. Start and end date Supporting guidance
SSP008 Salazopyrin 500mg EN tablets (PDF:151KB)

20 Oct 20 to 4 Dec 20

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 26 Feb 2021

Salazopyrin EN supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 130KB)
SSP007 Fluoxetine 30mg capsules (PDF:144KB)

20 Oct 20 to 22 Dec 20

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 12 Mar 2021

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 130KB)
SSP06 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules (PDF:135KB)

20 May 20 to 2 Oct 20
 

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 2 Oct 2020.

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 111KB)

September 2020

Name of SSP \ ref no. Start and end date Supporting guidance
SSP06 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules (PDF:135KB)

20 May 20 to 2 Oct 20
 

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 2 Oct 2020.

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 111KB)

SSP05 Fluoxetine 10mg tablets (PDF:134KB)

12 Mar 20 to  31 Mar 21

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 31 Mar 2021.

Fluoxetine supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF: 103KB)


March 2020

Name of SSP \ ref no. Start and end date Supporting guidance

SSP04 Haloperidol  (Serenace) 500 microgram (mcg) capsules (PDF:107KB)

23 Dec 19 to 23 Mar 20 Haloperidol supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF:125KB)

December 2019

Name of SSP \ ref no. Start and end date Supporting guidance
SSP04 Haloperidol  (Serenace) 500 microgram (mcg) capsules (PDF:107KB) 23 Dec 19 to 23 Mar 20 Haloperidol supporting guidance plus Q&A (PDF:125KB)

SSP02 Fluoxetine 30mg capsules (PDF:124KB)

3 Oct 19 to 18 Dec 19

This SSP has been varied - the revised end date is now 18 Dec 19, and supply in accordance with this SSP is now

1 x 10mg Fluoxetine capsule PLUS 1 x 20mg Fluoxetine capsule.

Fluoxetine supporting endorsement guidance (PDF: 139KB)

November 2019

Name of SSP \ ref no. Start and end date Supporting guidance
SSP02 Fluoxetine 30mg capsules (PDF:124KB)

3 Oct 19 to 18 Dec 19

This SSP has been varied - the revised end date is now 18 Dec 19, and supply in accordance with this SSP is now

1 x 10mg Fluoxetine capsule PLUS 1 x 20mg Fluoxetine capsule.

Fluoxetine supporting endorsement guidance (PDF: 139KB)
SSP03 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules (PDF:131KB)

3 Oct 19 to 31 Oct 19

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 20 Nov 19.

This SSP was withdrawn on 20 Nov 19 at 23.55.

October 2019

The Serious Shortage Protocols for fluoxetine 30mg capsules and fluoxetine 40mg capsules are being varied to extend the end date, which was previously 31 October 2019.

Name of SSP \ ref no. Start and end date Supporting guidance
SSP01 Fluoxetine 10mg capsules (PDF:151KB)

3 Oct 19 to 31 Oct 19

This SSP was withdrawn on 25 Oct 19 at 23:55.

Fluoxetine supporting endorsement guidance (PDF: 139KB)
SSP02 Fluoxetine 30mg capsules (PDF:131KB)

3 Oct 19 to 31 Oct 19

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 20 Nov 19.

SSP03 Fluoxetine 40mg capsules (PDF:131KB)

3 Oct 19 to 31 Oct 19

This SSP has been varied – the revised end date is now 20 Nov 19.

 


General guidance for SSPs

Serious Shortage Protocols Operational Guidance (PDF:169KB)Serious Shortage Protocols Questions and Answers (PDF:173KB)