SPS Horizon Scanning

Joanne McEntee, Senior Medicines Information Pharmacist, North West Medicines Information CentrePublished
Topics: New Medicines

SPS produces a range of information to support managed entry of new drugs into the NHS, to assist organisations in developing medicines management policies and to inform prescribing decisions when a product has been launched.

If you can’t find information you need in the resources listed below or need more detailed or tailored support in the format of spreadsheets, etc. please contact the service at nwmedinfo@nhs.net. Use our flyer to let your colleagues know what we offer.

If you need help understanding horizon scanning terminology, see our useful guide.

If you want to learn more about the development process for medicines, see our presentation. Or if you want to know where to find information on a newly launched medicine, see our question & answer document.

If you work for a pharmaceutical company, please consider submitting information about your drugs in development to UKPharmascan. This resource, owned by the Department of Health and hosted by NICE, will help ensure earlier and more effective decision making and faster uptake of innovative new medicines for NHS patients. For more information about UKPharmascan, see the flyer below.


Prescribing Outlook (please log in to access)

Prescribing Outlook is intended to assist NHS budget holders and those involved in prescribing planning assess potential impact of new drugs on the local health economy. It is an Excel spreadsheet that includes information on new medicines with launches planned over the next 2-3 years and on marketed drugs with new major indications. It includes a Cost Calculator, a budget planning tool to help you estimate the financial impact of new medicines or licence extensions over the current and next financial year (excluding ATMPs and biosimilars and cancer medicines). It is usually published in October every year.

New Medicines News (open access)

New Medicines News is published monthly (usually in the first week of each month) and highlights recent significant medicines regulatory changes. You can use it to follow progress of medicines included in Prescribing Outlook.

New Product Evaluations (open access)

SPS produces a list of UK new product evaluations (medicines and devices) in production, or published in the previous three years. It is published monthly (usually in the first week of each month).

New Product Launches (open access)

Once a year, SPS produces a list of new product launches, new formulations and licence changes approved, in the previous year. It is published every February.

Please note this list does not include every generic product launched in the UK in the previous year.


These documents can be used by NHS staff in the course of their duties. Please acknowledge NHS Specialist Pharmacy Services if used in any publication. Non-NHS staff should seek permission before use.


Administrator use only: Access to New Drugs Online and National Patent Database.