Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNAs)

Your chance to reply to the consultation…

The consultation document for “Pharmacy in England: building on strengths – delivering the future – Draft regulations under the Health Act 2009” was published in early December.  After consultation in late 2008, two clauses were added to the Health Bill 2009 (now the Health Act 2009).  These required Primary Care Trusts to develop and publish pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNAs), and then to use PNAs as the basis for determining market entry to NHS pharmaceutical services provision

In July 2009, a regulatory Advisory Group drawn from interested parties (including the Dispensing Doctors Association) was set up to translate these proposals into reality.  The Department of Health is now seeking comment on the first set of draft regulations regarding PNAs.

These regulations will come into force in 3 months despite the consultation ending in just over 8weeks. Primary Care Trusts, however, will not be required to produce their first PNA until February 2011.  The current market entry system( set out in the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005 as amended and accompanying guidance) will remain in force until the regulations in the Health Act are brought in. This is planned to take place from April 2011.

The DDA will of course be responding.  Rural dispensing GPs and dispensing patients may however wish to put their own point of view to the consultation.  Responses should be sent by 28 February 2010 to PNACONS@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Consultation documents

Download Consultation document, draft regulations and guidance (PDF, 228K)
Download Consultation response form (RTF, 137K)
Download Draft regulations (PDF, 84K)
Download Draft information for Primary Care Trusts (PDF, 384K)
Download Impact Assessment (PDF, 2065K)

Thanks to Aidan Egleston of the DDA for this article.

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