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There’s only one week left till the first review date on 28th April. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you submit your declaration.

What you need to know…

  • The Quality Payments online declaration is already open! You can start adding data from now till Friday 12th May 2017 at 11:59pm on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) website but remember data recorded has to be vvalid ‘on the day of the review’ - 28th April
  • You can re-enter the portal between now and 12th May but once you click submit, your online declaration cannot be changed
  • You do not need to submit evidence during the declaration process. However, be mindful that evidence should be ready should you be subject to a spot check by NHS England or NHS BSA
  • You do not have to complete the evaluation questions when completing your declaration on the NHS BSA site but NHS England is encouraging this to support future developments
  • You cannot resubmit the declaration even if you do it in error so check thoroughly before doing so

Last minute funding…

There are a few simpler criteria that you still have time to process and declare at this stage. They are:

  • Update/validate your NHS111 Directory of Services entry
  • Engage 80% of all your patient-facing pharmacy staff with the Dementia Friends initiative
  • Publish results of patient experience survey from last 12 months on your pharmacy’s NHS Choices page

Need support?

Check out our P3 blog series with Dawn Williams, head of customer development at Celesio UK where she talks through the Quality Payment criteria and simple steps to fulfil them here

Explore the Careway Quality Payment Toolkit that helps you and your teams to meet criteria and maximise your level of funding: toolkit.aahpharmacyfunding

Visit the AAH Pharmacy Funding Hub to access all of our resources and guidance here

Ethicals – NEW - Norgine Pharmaceuticals Ltd

From Tuesday 2nd May 2017, Norgine Pharmaceuticals Limited will enter into a Solus distribution agreement with AAH for its full portfolio, which ensures continued access to their product portfolio through the AAH branch network. This product range will attract a 7.25% discount from Tuesday 2nd May 2017 excluding Targaxan 550mg and the Endocuff lines which do not qualify for discount..

Surgicals/Ostomy- NEW - ConvaTec

From April 1st 2017 ConvaTec will enter into a new reduced wholesale agreement with AAH for its Ostomy portfolio, which ensures continued access to their product portfolio through the AAH branch network. This product range will attract a 6% discount from April 1st 2017.

Surgicals - NEW - Wellspect

From April 17th 2017 Wellspect will enter into a new reduced wholesale agreement with AAH for its entire portfolio, which ensures renewed access to their product portfolio through the AAH branch network. This product range will attract a 5% discount from April 18th 2017

Ethicals – RENEWAL- Roche

From January 1st 2017 Roche Products entered a new reduced wholesale agreement with AAH for its full portfolio, which ensures continued access to their product portfolio through the AAH branch network. This product range will attract a 7% discount from May 1st 2017.

Ethicals- NEW - Aspen

Aspen have recently divested a number of products from AstraZeneca. These products vary from being classed as zero discount lines to attracting 7% discount. These discounts will come in to affect as of the 1st May 2017.

Nutritional - NEW - Aymes

AAH has been awarded a Solus Agreement with Aymes. Aymes are a manufacturer of specialist nutritional products. Their product portfolio has been classified as zero discount and the agreement will commenced as of the 27th February 2017.

Ethicals - SUPPLY UPDATE - On behalf of Allergan

PRED-FORTE® 5ml (PIP code 002-4976) and PRED-FORTE® 10ml (PIP code 002-5023) have recently been subject to restricted and intermittent supply in the UK.

Allergan is committed to the continued supply of PRED-FORTE® and will be investing to grow the production capacity of ocular steroids at our manufacturing facility in Westport, Ireland. As a result, there will be a significant increase in supply of PRED-FORTE® 5ml from 1st March 2017. However, due to manufacturing constraints, PRED-FORTE® 10ml will cease to be available in the UK through 2017.

FML 5ml (PIP code 030-9153) and FML 10ml (043-5164) continue to experience intermittent shortages with the supply situation improving from 1st April 2017

If you have any questions, please contact the Allergan Customer Services department on 0808 238 1500 (option 2).

Ethicals – NEW – Sanofi

AAH has been awarded a Reduced Wholesaler Agreement with Sanofi for their Zero Discount product portfolio and the agreement will commence on the 1st March.

Nutritional - NEW - AYMES

AAH has been awarded a Solus Agreement with AYMES. AYMES are a manufacturer of specialist nutritional products. Their product portfolio has been classified as zero discount and the agreement will commence as of the 27th February 2017.

Ethicals – AMENDMENT- Novartis

From 1st of March there has been an amendment to Novartis’ Reduced Wholesale Agreement with AAH, where selected products from the portfolio will now attract a discount of 3.5% as of the 1st March 2017. The remainder of the product portfolio will continue to attract a 7% discount. Ritalin and Syntocinon remain as zero discount products

AAH warehouse sites achieve world respected quality management standards

More great news for AAH – as of 23rd November, all of the wholesaler’s sites are now ISO9001: 2008 certified.

ISO9001 is one of the most respected quality management standards in the world. In order to achieve certification, businesses must meet the rigorous standards set by the British Standards Institute (BSI), the body that run ISO in the UK. By achieving certification, AAH has shown as a business that it is compliant with regulatory standards and consistently able to meet the requirements of its customers across the entire AAH wholesale estate.

ISO9001 certification demonstrates that the company’s BMS is working effectively, that AAH is compliant with regulations and consistently exceeds customer expectations.

Commenting on the certification, UK Operations Director Catherine McDermott said: “Achieving certification across all of our wholesale sites is a fantastic boost for AAH. It demonstrates that we really are working according to our ICARE values by achieving excellence in our quality system and by showing that we put our customers first. Congratulations to everyone involved!”

If you have any questions about this products, please speak to your AAH Field Sales Manager or call Customer Care - 0844 561 8899.

Line no longer available - Pearl Drops Daily

Please note that the following line is no longer available with Enterprise: PEA0370G PEARL DROPS DAILY WHITENING 50ML 62041

If you have any questions about this products, please speak to your AAH Field Sales Manager or call Customer Care - 0844 561 8899.

Ethicals – NEW- MSD Vaccines

This January, MSD will enter into a Solus Distribution Agreement with AAH for the distribution of their vaccines portfolio. This is a result of the joint venture Sanofi Pasteur MSD ending their joint operations.These MSD products are classed as ZD and will be available to order from AAH as of the 3rd of January via the normal routes. Please click here to download the product portfolio and here for FAQs regarding this agreement.

Please download the product portfolio by clicking here. Please view the FAQs by clicking here.

Surgicals - NEW - Spirit Healthcare

In January 2017, Spirit Healthcare will enter into a Solus Reduced Wholesaler Agreement with AAH for its Caresens N Test Strip, which still ensures continued access to their product portfolio through the AAH branch network. The Caresens N product will attract a 3% discount from 3rd January 2017. The remainder of their portfolio remains in standard wholesale. Customers can continue to order this product range via the normal routes. Please click here for the product details.

If you have any questions about any of the distribution agreements listed, please speak to your AAH Field Sales Manager or call Customer Care - 0844 561 8899.

Please also find attached here a list of all the distribution agreements AAH are involved in.

On behalf of everyone here at AAH we would like to thank you for your business this year and we wish you a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Click here to see our delivery schedules over the festive period.

Surgicals – NEW- GlucoRX (formally known as DiME)

This December, GlucoRx will enter into a Reduced Wholesaler Agreement with AAH. GlucoRx products attract a 3% discount from 1st December 2016 and you can order this product range via the normal routes.

Please download the product portfolio by clicking here

Ethicals - NEW - MSD's Zepatier- SCOTLAND ONLY

There is now a model in place in Scotland which allows for Zepatier to be dispensed in a Community Pharmacy setting. You will be able to order Zepatier from AAH as of the 1st of December but you will need to contact your Primary Care Lead for a copy of the order form first. Zepatier is a zero discount line and the product details are:

Description: ZEPATIER® (elbasvir/grazoprevir) List price: £12,166.67 Pack size: 28 tabs AAH code: ZEP10F EAN code: 5013945301809 PIP code: 403-7602

Ethicals- RENEWAL- Almirall

This December, Almirall have agreed a reduced wholesaler agreement with AAH with provision of a 4% discount on qualifying lines ordered from 1st December 2016.

Please download the product portfolio by clicking here

In December 2015, the Department of Health announced proposals for community pharmacies in England, including cuts to funding and a series of related efficiencies.

Celesio UK is currently working with all of the national pharmacy bodies (Pharmacy Voice, National Pharmacy Association, Company Chemist Association, Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee), as part of a joint campaign to challenge the Government’s plans including supporting the development of the sector’s response to the consultation and collaborative communications and lobbying activity.

Part of this work includes a new petition designed to intensify efforts to counter the proposals, and which appeals directly to the heart of Government: No 10 Downing Street.

The petition is an important element of the campaign, because it gives patients a straightforward opportunity to express their support. The opinions of patients and the public are needed to help demonstrate the value of community pharmacy to the Government, and you can support the campaign by collecting signatures in your pharmacy.

AAH will be delivering a ’Support Your Local Pharmacy’ campaign pack to community pharmacy w/c 21st March within totes. Please look out for your pack, which includes blank copies of the petition, and a double sided window poster to display in your pharmacy.

Please return completed petition forms direct to the NPA’s Campaign Centre;

By Fax; 01727 800 415 or 01727 800 420

Or post to; Campaign Centre, NPA, Mallinson House, 38-42 St Peter’s Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3NP.

You can also download additional copies of the petition, and access the full range of campaign materials by visiting www.supportyourlocalpharmacy.org or www.npa.co.uk/step-forward

There are a number of ways that you and the team can be part of the campaign and keep up to date with developments;

Sign up for campaign updates at www.npa.co.uk/step-forward

Follow the campaign on Facebook by liking the ‘Support Your Local Pharmacy’ page

Follow the conversation on twitter using the hashtag #lovemypharmacy

ACT NOW – every pharmacy in England has an opportunity to play its part in persuading the Government to change course. Thank you for your support.

If you have any queries about the campaign, please email; independentsvoice@npa.co.uk or call 01727 800 511.

AAH is continually working to improve its relationships with manufactures, so it can supply your organisation with a diverse and widening range of products you need to serve your patients.

From the 1st March 2016, GSK will be a acquiring the Novartis Vaccines, Bexsero, Rabipur and Menveo. Allowing AAH customers to order Bexsero directly from AAH for the first time.

Customers should be aware that GSK will be putting a block on ordering the vaccines between 5pm Thursday 25th February to Tuesday 1st March, to allow for the necessary changes. So please ensure that your hospital pharmacy has adequate supplies until ordering resumes.

We pride ourselves on operational excellence, offering twice daily delivery, with same day options for morning orders, allowing you to serve your patients as efficiently as possible. Don't forget we have 8pm cut-off times for electronic orders, whilst our call centre teams are on hand until 7pm each weekday evening to assist you.

For enquiries regarding Bexsero to GSK please call 0845 745 1500 or for Menveo and Rabipur enquiries to GSK please contact 0808 100 9997. For any other questions regarding these agreements please contact your AAH Hospital Account Executive.

Over the last 12 months AAH has continued negotiations with manufacturers to ensure we are able to continually supply your business with the diverse and widening range of products you need to serve your patients and local communities.

This January, Ferring Pharmaceuticals has extended their solus agreement with AAH which ensures continued access to their product portfolio through the AAH branch network with provision of a 4.5% discount on qualifying lines ordered from 4th January 2016.

Because at AAH we appreciate even the smallest change can be time consuming we've placed an updated matrix of wholesale agreements available through AAH

We pride ourselves on operational excellence, offering twice daily delivery, with same day options for morning orders, allowing you to serve your customers as efficiently as possible. Don't forget we have 8pm cut-off times for electronic orders while our call centre teams are on hand until 7pm each weekday evening to assist you.

Please contact your AAH Field Sales Manager if you have any questions regarding these agreements.

AAH thanks you for your on-going business. May I take this opportunity to wish you a prosperous and happy New Year.