On July 1, 2019, new legislation came into force in England to allow the issuing of serious shortage protocols (SSPs). Since then, there have been several SSPs for fluoxetine capsules and there is currently an SSP in place for haloperidol capsules, which is due to expire on March 23.
What are SSPs and why do we need them?
Medicines shortages occur for many reasons and can have a major impact on patient care. The legislation surrounding SSPs – Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2019 – was introduced in February 2019 with the aim of helping community pharmacies manage serious medicine shortages.(1) SSPs allow community pharmacists to supply specific products as an alternative to a prescribed medicine without needing to contact the prescriber – provided the pharmacist