Drug Tariff Watch – January 2024

The Drug Tariff Preface published monthly lists additions, deletions and other changes to products listed in the Drug Tariff. Below is a summary of the changes coming into effect from 1 January 2024.

Please note the information regarding reimbursement prices for Adcal-D3 products following list price changes.

January 2024 Category M prices announced

Key
g Special container – This product is a special container and should be dispensed in its complete original pack size.
n Item requiring reconstitution – This product requires reconstitution; pharmacy teams are advised to endorse the amount of packs supplied to enable the patient to complete the full course of medication prescribed.
§ Selected List Scheme (SLS) – see Part XVIIIB of the Drug Tariff
* This pack only (others already/still available)
BB Product is eligible for Broken Bulk claims where payment is made for a complete pack if a part-pack has been dispensed to match the prescribed quantity and it is unlikely that you will be able to dispense the balance within the following six months.
OOP Product eligible for Out Of Pocket expense claims (over £0.50) where in exceptional circumstances, pharmacy owners incur expenses in obtaining this product (which is not required to be frequently supplied by the pharmacy owner).
DND Product is not subject to discount deduction or ‘clawback’ as it meets either group or individual item criteria for DND (Discount Not Deducted) as set out in Part II of the Drug Tariff.
Part VIIIA Additions

Category C Additions:

  • Benzydamine 0.30% oromucosal spray sugar free g (15ml) – Zentiva Pharma UK Ltd OOP
  • Budesonide 500microgram orodispersible tablets sugar free (60) – Jorveza  DND, BB and OOP
  • Co-codamol 15mg/500mg effervescent tablets sugar free (100) – Accord-UK Ltd  BB and OOP
  • Co-codamol 8mg/500mg effervescent tablets sugar free (100) – Accord-UK Ltd  BB and OOP
  • Desmopressin 360micrograms/ml oral solution sugar free g (15ml) – Demovo OOP
  • Dexamethasone 10mg soluble tablets sugar free (10) – Aspire Pharma Ltd  BB and OOP
  • Dexamethasone 20mg soluble tablets sugar free (10) – Aspire Pharma Ltd  BB and OOP
  • *Hydrogen peroxide 1% cream g (40g) – Crystacide OOP
  • Latanoprost 50micrograms/ml / Netarsudil 200micrograms/ml eye drops g (2.5ml) – Roclanda DND and OOP
  • Midazolam 5mg/0.5ml oromucosal solution pre-filled oral syringes sugar free g (1) unit dose – Epistatus DND and OOP
  • Midazolam 7.5mg/0.75ml oromucosal solution pre-filled oral syringes sugar free g (1) unit dose – Epistatus DND and OOP
  • Prednisolone 2mg tablets (28) –Genesis Pharmaceuticals Ltd  BB and OOP
  • Prednisolone 3mg tablets (28) – Genesis Pharmaceuticals Ltd  BB and OOP
  • Prednisolone 500microgram tablets (28) – Genesis Pharmaceuticals Ltd  BB and OOP
  • Rosuvastatin 10mg capsules (28) – Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Europe B.V.  BB and OOP
  • Rosuvastatin 15mg tablets (28) – Zentiva Pharma UK Ltd BB and OOP
  • Rosuvastatin 20mg capsules (28) – Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Europe B.V.  BB and OOP
  • Rosuvastatin 30mg tablets (28) – Zentiva Pharma UK Ltd BB and OOP
  • Rosuvastatin 40mg capsules (28) – Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Europe B.V.  BB and OOP
  • Rosuvastatin 5mg capsules (28) – Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Europe B.V.  BB and OOP
  • Tryptophan 500mg capsules (84) – Optimax BB and OOP

Category M Additions:

  • Letrozole 2.5mg tablets (28)

Part VIIIA Amendments
 

  • Beclometasone 50micrograms/ dose nasal spray g (200 dose) Category M has now moved to Category A
    Price increase £2.37 to £3.17
  • Betamethasone valerate 0.1% / Neomycin 0.5% ointment g (30g) 3129 Category A has now moved to Category C – Essential Generics Ltd DND and OOP
    Price increase £31.29 to £40.82
  • Betamethasone valerate 0.1% / Neomycin 0.5% ointment g (100g) 10429 Category A has now moved to Category C – Essential Generics Ltd DND and OOP
    Price increase £104.29 to £133.22
  • Bifonazole 1% cream g (20g) Category C – Canesten Bifonazole Once Daily now reads – Canesten Bifonazole Once Daily Athlete’s Foot – OOP
    Price remains at £3.89
  • § Clobazam 10mg tablets (30) Category A has now moved to Category M
    Price decrease £6.47 to £6.14
  • Clotrimazole 10% vaginal cream g (5g) Category C – Canesten Internal now reads – Canesten Thrush Internal OOP
    Price remains at £7.48
  • Clotrimazole 2% cream g (20g) Category C – Canesten Thrush now reads Canesten Thrush External – OOP
    Price increase £5.71 to £5.91
  • Colesevelam 625mg tablets g (180) Category C – Cholestagel has now moved to Category M DND
    Price decrease £115.32 to £70.56
  • Estriol 0.01% cream with applicator g (1) Category A now readsEstriol 0.01% vaginal cream with applicator
    Price remains at £25.00
  • Estriol 0.1% cream g (15g) Category C – Ovestin now readsEstriol 1mg/g vaginal cream OOP
    Price remains at £4.45
  • Febuxostat 120mg tablets (28) Catehory C – Adenuric has now moved to Category A
    Price decrease £24.36 to £21.25
  • Fluoxetine 40mg capsules (30) Category C – Medreich Plc has now moved to Category M
    Price decrease £2.50 to £2.17
  • Fluvastatin 80mg modified-release tablets (28) Category C  – Dorisin XL reference product now reads – Aspire Pharma Ltd  BB and OOP
    Price remains at £19.20
  • Fosinopril 20mg tablets (28) Category A has now moved to Category C – Accord-UK Ltd  BB and OOP
    Price decrease £2.94 to £2.93
  • Hydrocortisone 1% / Clotrimazole 1% cream g (15g) Category C – Canesten Hydrocortisone now reads Canesten Hydrocortisone Athlete’s Foot – OOP
  • Price increase £3.91 to £4.01
  • Hydrocortisone 1% cream g (15g) Category M has now moved to Category A
    Price increase £0.88 to £1.61
  • Hydrocortisone 1% cream g (30g) Category M has now moved to Category A
    Price increase £1.76 to £3.22
  • Hydrocortisone 1% cream g (50g) Category M has now moved to Category A
    Price increase £2.93 to £5.36
  • Macrogol compound oral powder sachets NPF sugar free (30) Category C – CosmoCol Macrogol compound oral powder reference product has now been removed  BB and OOP
    Price remains at £4.99
  • Metformin 1g / Sitagliptin 50mg tablets (56) Category C – Janumet has now moved to Category M
    Price decrease £33.26 to £15.40
  • Neomycin 0.5% / Chlorhexidine hydrochloride 0.1% cream g (15g) Category C Naseptin now reads Neomycin 0.5% / Chlorhexidine hydrochloride 0.1% nasal cream OOP
    Price remains at £1.99
  • Nifedipine 5mg capsules (90) Category C – Relonchem Ltd has now moved to Category M
    Price decrease £51.95 to £45.89
  • Venlafaxine 75mg modified-release capsules (28) Category C – Vensir XL has now moved to Category M
    Price decrease £3.29 to £2.82
  • Zinc oxide 6.6% / Lidocaine 0.7% cream g (25g) Category C – Germoloids now reads Zinc oxide 6.6% / Lidocaine 0.7% rectal cream OOP
    Price remains at £3.24
  • Zinc oxide 6.6% / Lidocaine 0.7% rectal cream g (55g) Category C – Germoloids now reads Zinc oxide 6.6% / Lidocaine 0.7% rectal cream OOP
    Price remains at £5.85

Please note price listed here was correct at the time of publishing and is subject to change in line with the price change mechanism.

Part VIIIA Deletions
 
If all pack sizes of a drug have been removed from Part VIII of the Drug Tariff the drug can continue to be dispensed as long as it does NOT appear in Part XVIIIA (Drugs, Medicines and other substances not to be ordered under a General Medical Services Contract).

Category A Deletions:

  • Diamorphine 500mg powder for solution for injection ampoules (5)
  • Magnesium glycerophosphate (magnesium 97.2mg (4mmol)) chewable tablets (50)

Category C Deletions:

  • Alprostadil 40microgram powder and solvent for solution for injection vials (1) – Caverject
  • Buprenorphine 2mg / Naloxone 500microgram sublingual films sugar free (28) – Suboxone
  • Buprenorphine 8mg / Naloxone 2mg sublingual films sugar free (28) – Suboxone
  • Calcium folinate 15mg/2ml solution for injection ampoules (5) – Pfizer Ltd
  • Hyoscine hydrobromide 150microgram chewable tablets sugar free (12) – Joy-rides
  • Insulin isophane biphasic human 25/75 100units/ml suspension for injection 3ml cartridges (5) – Insuman Comb 25
  • Levocarnitine 1g/10ml oral solution unit dose vials sugar free (10) – Carnitor
  • Piracetam 333.3mg/ml oral solution sugar free (300ml) – Nootropil 33%
  • Testosterone 50mg/5g transdermal gel unit dose sachets (30) – Testogel
  • Tinzaparin sodium 40,000units/2ml solution for injection vials (1) – Innohep

Category M Deletions:

  • Letrozole 2.5mg tablets (14)
  • Sodium valproate 200mg gastro-resistant tablets g (100)
  • Sodium valproate 500mg gastro-resistant tablets g (100)

Part II (Drugs for which discount is not deducted (DND)) Additions

  • FreeStyle Libre 3 Sensor

Part II (Drugs for which discount is not deducted (DND)) Amendments

Previous Part II listing  Now reads 
Budesonide 1mg orodispersible tablets sugar free Budesonide orodispersible tablets sugar free (ALL)

Part II (Drugs for which discount is not deducted (DND)) Deletions

  • Cimzia 200mg/1ml solution for injection pre-filled syringes

Part VIC (Lateral flow device reimbursement price)

The payment for these tests, where supplied as part of the service in January 2024, will be £5.94 for 5 LFD tests. An allowance at the applicable VAT rate will also be paid.

Part IX Deletions

It is important to take careful note of removals from Part IX because if you dispense a deleted product, prescriptions will be returned as disallowed and therefore payment will not be made for dispensing the item.

The following appliances have been deleted from Part IX of the January 2024 Drug Tariff:

Product Additional information (size, product code etc)
APPLIANCES – CATHETERS, ACCESSORIES – Bard Comfasure Catheter Retainer Strap All types and sizes
APPLIANCES – DRESSINGS – WOUND MANAGEMENT DRESSINGS – Mepilex Border All types and sizes
INCONTINENCE APPLIANCES – NIGHT DRAINAGE BAGS – Welland Medical Ltd – Welland Night Drainage Bag with Easiflo 2 litre ND700, 5
STOMA APPLIANCES – ADHESIVE REMOVERS (SPRAYS, LIQUIDS, WIPES) – Opus Healthcare – Lift medical Adhesive Remover 5501, 100ml bottle
STOMA APPLIANCES – BELTS – AMI Medical Ltd – Corsinel Suportx Ostomy and Hernia Support Tube 15cm All types and sizes
STOMA APPLIANCES – BELTS – AMI Medical Ltd – Corsinel Suportx Ostomy and Hernia Support Tube 20cm – White All types and sizes
STOMA APPLIANCES – BELTS – AMI Medical Ltd – Corsinel Suportx Ostomy and Hernia Support Tube 26cm All types and sizes
STOMA APPLIANCES – COLOSTOMY BAGS – Dansac Ltd – Dansac Light Convex – Integral convexity closed bag with filter and soft cover front and back – Opaque – pre-cut 25mm, 257-25, 10
STOMA APPLIANCES – COLOSTOMY BAGS – Dansac Ltd – Dansac Light Convex – Integral convexity closed bag with filter and soft cover front and back – Clear – pre-cut 30mm, 258-30, 10
STOMA APPLIANCES – COLOSTOMY BAGS – Welland Medical Ltd – Welland Curvex – Closed Pouch with soft, mouldable flange, all over soft cover and Dual-Carb filter All types and sizes
STOMA APPLIANCES – COLOSTOMY BAGS – Welland Medical Ltd – Welland FreeStyle Convex – Closed Pouch with integral convexity with soft backing All types and sizes
STOMA APPLIANCES – ILEOSTOMY (DRAINABLE) BAGS – Dansac Ltd – Dansac InVent Convex – Integral convexity drainable bag with filter, soft spunlace cover front and back, anatomically shaped – Opaque – pre-cut 35mm, 341-35, 10
STOMA APPLIANCES – ILEOSTOMY (DRAINABLE) BAGS – Dansac Ltd – Dansac InVent Symm Convex – Integral convexity drainable bag with filter, soft spunlace cover front and back (opaque) and back only (clear) symmetrically shaped – Clear – starter hole 15-24mm, 344-24, 10
STOMA APPLIANCES – ILEOSTOMY (DRAINABLE) BAGS – Dansac Ltd – Dansac Nova 1 Soft Convex EasiFold Drainable with 5mm integral convexity – Opaque – pre-cut 25mm, 881-25, 10
STOMA APPLIANCES – ILEOSTOMY (DRAINABLE) BAGS – Welland Medical Ltd – Welland Curvex – Drainable Pouch with soft, mouldable flange, all over soft cover and Dual-Carb filter All types and sizes
STOMA APPLIANCES – ILEOSTOMY (DRAINABLE) BAGS – Welland Medical Ltd – Welland FreeStyle Convex Drainable Pouch with integral convexity with soft backing and Dual-Carb Filter and Integral closure All types and sizes
STOMA APPLIANCES – ILEOSTOMY (DRAINABLE) BAGS – Welland Medical Ltd – Welland Ovation – Mini Drainable Pouch with oval skin protector – Clear starter hole 10mm FSM 710, 30
STOMA APPLIANCES – ILEOSTOMY (DRAINABLE) BAGS – Welland Medical Ltd – Welland Ovation – Mini Drainable with vertical skin protector – Clear starter hole 10mm FVM 710, 10
STOMA APPLIANCES – SKIN FILLERS AND PROTECTIVES (Barrier Creams, Pastes, Aerosols, Lotions, Powders, Gels and Wipes) – Fontus Health Ltd AproDerm Barrier Cream – 3g sachet APR573S, 20
STOMA APPLIANCES – TWO PIECE OSTOMY SYSTEMS – Welland Medical Ltd – Welland Silhouette 2 Flange Dual Adhesive – 45mm size starter hole UNB410, 5
STOMA APPLIANCES – UROSTOMY BAGS – Welland Medical Ltd – Welland Curvex Uro – Urostomy Pouch with soft, mouldable flange, all over soft cover and soft outlet All types and sizes

To view appliances due to be deleted from Part IX of the February, March and April 2024 Drug Tariffs visit our page Drug Tariff Appliance Watch: Notice of Deletion

To view the latest changes to special container status, visit our page Notice of changes to special container status of products page.

To view all the monthly changes to the DND status of products, visit our page Notice of changes to discount not deducted (DND) status of products.

To view previous Drug Tariff Watch months visit our page here.

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