Prescription Submission for Serious Shortage Protocol Substitutions

Published on: 1st February 2022 | Updated on: 4th January 2023

Following an amendment to the Human Medicines Regulation which comes into force on 9th February, Serious Shortage Protocols may be issued as details on the NHS BSA website: Click here

In the case where a substitution is made then please sort these prescriptions into Group 1A for submission to NWSSP Prescription Pricing. These continue to follow the criteria for this group as they are not dispensed as originally prescribed.

Please ensure that for any substitution it is endorsed “NCSO” and with the following details if they are substituted or relevant to the particular protocol (i.e. all or one of the following may be required):

  • Drug Name
  • Brand Name/Manufacturer/Wholesaler
  • Pack size
  • Strength
  • Quantity
  • Price

It is also very important that the 2D barcode is not obscured.