Following the announcement of serious shortage protocols (SSPs) on Thursday, December 15, five new SSPs have been issued.
This has increased the number of alternative antibiotics or formulations that pharmacists can provide if they do not have the medication on the prescription in stock.
Penicillin will continue to be prescribed by doctors for patients who require it.
Scarlet fever is on the rise, and as a result of the increased demand, some pharmacists are experiencing temporary and localised supply issues, and may not have the specific formulation listed on the prescription.
These SSPs provide pharmacists with the flexibility they need to provide an alternative antibiotic or penicillin formulation while ensuring patients continue to receive the medicine they require to treat the infection.
The SSPs apply to the following medicines:
SSPs are a standard procedure, used frequently to manage temporary and potential medicine supply issues.
They are a safe and efficient way to ensure that medicines are available for everyone who requires them, while also saving time for patients, pharmacists and prescribers.
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