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Pharmacies can now get additional stock of LFD test kits to meet rising demand

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The Pharmacy Collect team is now in position to supply additional stocks of lateral flow device ( LFD test kits ) to pharmacies that are still experiencing higher demand, Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) said in an update.

The team has informed the negotiator that LFD orders in some locations have reduced allowing them to work with Alliance Healthcare to facilitate extra deliveries.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), which is continuing to deliver LFD stocks to Alliance Healthcare for onward delivery to pharmacies, distributed over 14.5 million tests to the company last week.

Community pharmacy contractors can seek up to three additional cartons of test kits by emailing the Pharmacy Collect team. This will be in addition to one carton daily order that contractors are allowed to get through Alliance Healthcare.

The UKHSA will work with the company to fulfil these order requests, and will again review supplies on February 2, 2022.

Earlier this month, pharmacies had voiced concerns over intermittent shortages of test kits during the holiday period.

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