August 2023 Price Concessions 1st Update

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Following discussions between Community Pharmacy England and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) regarding medicine pricing issues reported by pharmacy owners, the Department has today (18/08/2023) announced the following initial list of price concessions for August 2023:
Drug Pack size Price concession
Acamprosate 333mg gastro-resistant tablets 168 £23.80
Aciclovir 800mg tablets 35 £4.19
Atorvastatin 40mg tablets 28 £2.38
Bicalutamide 150mg tablets 28 £3.79
Bisacodyl 5mg gastro-resistant tablets 60 £4.40
Brinzolamide 10mg/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops 5 £8.19
Brinzolamide 10mg/ml eye drops 5 £4.65
Bumetanide 1mg tablets 28 £2.77
Buprenorphine 8mg sublingual tablets sugar free 7 £4.24
Calcipotriol 0.005% / Betamethasone dipropionate 0.05% ointment 30 £10.09
Carbocisteine 250mg/5ml oral solution 300 £6.90
Carvedilol 6.25mg tablets 28 £1.39
Clotrimazole 1% cream 20 £2.10
Clotrimazole 1% cream 50 £3.99
Co-careldopa 25mg/100mg tablets 100 £6.95
Codeine 30mg tablets 28 £1.08
Codeine 30mg tablets 100 £3.85
Doxycycline 100mg capsules 8 £0.95
Flecainide 100mg tablets 60 £3.85
Flucloxacillin 250mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 100 £3.51
Hydroxychloroquine 200mg tablets 60 £3.98
Ivabradine 2.5mg tablets 56 £45.95
Lamotrigine 100mg tablets 56 £2.18
Lansoprazole 15mg orodispersible tablets 28 £2.88
Latanoprost 50micrograms/ml eye drops 2.5 £1.88
Levetiracetam 100mg/ml oral solution sugar free 300 £10.41
Lofepramine 70mg tablets 56 £13.51
Mometasone 0.1% ointment 30 £4.14
Mycophenolate mofetil 500mg tablets 50 £7.30
Oxycodone 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 250 £9.60
Perindopril erbumine 4mg tablets 30 £1.42
Perindopril erbumine 8mg tablets 30 £1.64
Pizotifen 1.5mg tablets 28 £1.81
Prochlorperazine 5mg tablets 28 £1.96
Risperidone 500microgram tablets 20 £3.25
Ropinirole 250microgram tablets 12 £5.99
Rosuvastatin 10mg tablets 28 £1.18
Rosuvastatin 40mg tablets 28 £1.70
Spironolactone 100mg tablets 28 £4.72
Spironolactone 25mg tablets 28 £1.84
Spironolactone 50mg tablets 28 £3.99
Tamsulosin 400microgram modified-release capsules 30 £1.64
Terbinafine 1% cream 15 £3.08
Terbinafine 1% cream 30 £6.71
Zopiclone 3.75mg tablets 28 £1.83
Zopiclone 7.5mg tablets 28 £1.70
The following price concessions rolled over from July to August 2023:
Cinnarizine 15mg tablets 84 £5.47
Co-amoxiclav 250mg/125mg tablets 21 £2.69
Co-careldopa 12.5mg/50mg tablets 90 £4.56

For the full list of price concessions granted so far for August 2023, please visit our webpage: cpe.org.uk/priceconcessions

No additional endorsements are required for price concessions. A price concession only applies for the month it is granted; any prices agreed for concessions requested late in the month will roll over into the following month.

We encourage pharmacies to report any problems obtaining a Part VIII product at or below the stated Drug Tariff price, using the online feedback form on the Community Pharmacy England website. Please include full details of the supplier and price paid for any products sourced above the Drug Tariff price. We will investigate the extent of the problem and, if appropriate, discuss the issue with DHSC.

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Further information on price  concessions and FAQs about the process  involved  can be found on our website (cpe.org.uk/priceconcessions) To hear more on how the current price  concessions system operates, pharmacy teams can now access a recording of our recent webinar  here.

Improvements to the price concession system

Following significant concerns raised by pharmacies about the unsustainable level of prices imposed by  DHSC  in second half of 2022, it was agreed that an  urgent review of the price concession setting system would take place.

Since this announcement, we have sent a strong and clear message back to Government that pharmacies cannot continue to subsidise the NHS medicines bill. Following the review of the concessionary price process, a package of measures has been developed to improve the system.

One of the solutions agreed between us and DHSC is that from 1st April 2023, all products granted a concessionary price will be classified as ‘Discount Not Deducted’ for the month(s) in which they are on concession.

Furthermore, from May 2023, DHSC has implemented a process to roll over prices to the following month for any concessions requested after the 23rd of the month provided these prices were agreed with us. We are also continuing to work with DHSC on how a ‘retrospective increased payment’ my apply, when appropriate. Further information regarding this concession ‘top-up’ mechanism will be issued once details are finalised.