Drug Tariff Watch – March 2023

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 March 2023.

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, contractors incur expenses in obtaining this product (which is not required to be frequently supplied by the contractor).
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:

  • Levocarnitine 1.5g/5ml oral solution paediatric sugar free g (20ml) – Cenote Pharma Ltd OOP and DND
  • Levocarnitine 1.5g/5ml oral solution paediatric sugar free g (50ml) – Cenote Pharma Ltd OOP and DND
  • Sildenafil 10mg/ml oral suspension sugar free g (122ml) – Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd OOP and DND
  • Travoprost 40micrograms/ml eye drops 0.1ml unit dose preservative free (30(6xg5) – Visutrax OOP

Part VIIIA Amendments
 

  • Bumetanide 1mg/5ml oral solution sugar free (150ml) Category A has moved to Category C – Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd BB, OOP and DND
    Price increase £216.50 to £235.00
  • Clotrimazole 500mg pessary and Clotrimazole 2% cream g (1) Category C reference product now reads Canesten Combi OOP
    Price decrease £6.30 to £5.73
  • Dienogest 2mg tablets (28) Category C – Zalkya reference product has now been removed BB and OOP
    Price decrease £20.68 to £20.50
  • Fluticasone propionate 100micrograms/dose / Salmeterol 50micrograms/ dose dry powder inhaler g (60dose) Category C reference product now reads – Seretide 100
    Accuhaler
    Price remains at £17.46
  • Fluticasone propionate 500micrograms/dose / Salmeterol 50micrograms/ dose dry powder inhaler g (60dose) Category C reference product now reads – Seretide 500
    Accuhaler
    Price remains at £32.74
  • Gemfibrozil 600mg tablets (56) Category A has moved to Category C – Lopid BB and OOP
    Price decrease £45.38 to £35.57
  • Indapamide 1.5mg modified release tablets (30) Category C reference product now reads – Natrilix SR BB and OOP
    Price remains at £3.40
  • Lisinopril 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar free (150ml) Category A has moved to Category C – Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd BB, OOP and DND
    Price increase £176.06 to £198.00
  • Methylphenidate 5mg tablets (30) Category C reference product now reads – Medikinet BB, OOP and DND
    Price remains at £3.03
  • Potassium dihydrogen phosphate 13.6% (potassium 10mmol/10ml) solution for infusion 10ml ampoules (10) Category A has moved to Category C – Martindale
    Pharmaceuticals Ltd BB, OOP and DND
    Price increase £123.66 to £150.99
  • Sodium chloride 0.9% solution for injection 50ml vials (25) Category A has moved to Category C – hameln pharma Ltd BB, OOP and DND
    Price increase £85.01 to £93.50
  • Sodium fusidate 500mg powder and solvent for solution for infusion vials g (1) Category A has moved to Category C – Essential Pharma Ltd OOP
    Price remains at £21.95
  • Tramadol 150mg modified-release capsules (60) Category C reference product now reads – Zamadol SR BB, OOP and DND
    Price remains at £21.71

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:

  • Mexiletine 100mg capsules (84)
  • Mexiletine 50mg capsules (84)
  • Pindolol 5mg tablets (100)

Category C Deletions:

  • § Alprostadil 10microgram powder and solvent for solution for injection cartridges g (2) – Viridal Duo Continuation Pack
  • § Alprostadil 20microgram powder and solvent for solution for injection cartridges g (2) – Viridal Duo Continuation Pack
  • § Alprostadil 40microgram powder and solvent for solution for injection cartridges g (2) – Viridal Duo Continuation Pack
  • Bambuterol 10mg tablets (30) – Bambec
  • Benperidol 250microgram tablets (112) – Anquil
  • Diazepam 2.5mg/1.25ml rectal solution tube (5) – Diazepam RecTubes
  • Eprosartan 300mg tablets (28) – Teveten
  • Felodipine 5mg modified-release / Ramipril 5mg tablets (28) – Triapin
  • Lanreotide 30mg powder and solvent for suspension for injection vials g (1) – Somatuline LA
  • Loperamide 1mg/5ml oral solution sugar free (100ml) – Imodium Syrup
  • Ranitidine 50mg/2ml solution for injection ampoules (5) – Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Selenium sulfide 2.5% shampoo g (50ml) – Selsun
  • Selenium sulfide 2.5% shampoo g (100ml) – Selsun
  • Selenium sulfide 2.5% shampoo g (150ml) – Selsun
  • Simeticone 125mg capsules (20) – Wind-eze
  • Sodium fluoride 1.1mg tablets (200) – En-De-Kay Fluotabs 3-6 years
  • Sodium fluoride 2.2mg tablets (200) – En-De-Kay Fluotabs 6+ years
  • Sodium valproate 500mg modified-release granules sachets sugar free (100) – Episenta
  • Somatropin (epr) 10mg/1.5ml solution for injection cartridges g (1) – Norditropin SimpleXx
  • Somatropin (epr) 15mg/1.5ml solution for injection cartridges g (1) – Norditropin SimpleXx
  • Somatropin (epr) 5mg/1.5ml solution for injection cartridges g (1) – Norditropin SimpleXx
  • Triamterene 50mg capsules (30) – Advanz Pharma

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

  • Procyclidine 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar free

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 March 2023 Drug Tariff:

Product Additional information (size, product code etc)
APPLIANCES – EYE PRODUCTS – Eye Drops – Carmellose – Lumecare Advance Carmellose 0.5% 10ml bottle
APPLIANCES – EYE PRODUCTS – Eye Drops – Eye Drops – Hypromellose – Lumecare Tear Drops 10ml bottle
APPLIANCES – LYMPHOEDEMA GARMENTS – Sankom Patent All classes, types and sizes
INCONTINENCE APPLIANCES – LEG BAGS – MacGregor Healthcare Ltd – Qufora Sterile Leg Bags, containing 1 pair of non-latex gloves and soft elasticated cotton velcro straps per box of 10 All types and sizes
INCONTINENCE APPLIANCES – NIGHT DRAINAGE BAGS – MacGregor Healthcare Ltd – Qufora U4 2 litre drainable night bag with 120cm inlet tube, non-return valve, sample port connector, tube clamp lever valve tap and pair of non latex gloves 14823204, 10
INCONTINENCE APPLIANCES – NIGHT DRAINAGE BAGS – MacGregor Healthcare Ltd – Qufora 2 litre non-sterile night bag with 90cm inlet tube 13800101, 10
INCONTINENCE APPLIANCES – TUBING AND ACCESSORIES – MacGregor Healthcare Ltd – Qufora Leg bag straps, latex free with velcro fastening 21100301, 10
STOMA APPLIANCES – BAG CLOSURES – Pelican Healthcare Ltd – Drainable Pouch Clips 130406, 20
STOMA APPLIANCES – BELTS – B. Braun Medical Ltd – B. Braun Stoma Care Belt 5028E, 1
STOMA APPLIANCES – DISCHARGE SOLIDIFYING AGENTS – B. Braun Medical Ltd – Ileo Gel+ sachet 005012E, 45
STOMA APPLIANCES – ILEOSTOMY (DRAINABLE) BAGS – Pelican Healthcare Ltd – Pelican Select – Drainable Pouch with skin protector, fabric both sides Clear – cut-to-fit 20mm-65mm 110620, 30
STOMA APPLIANCES – ILEOSTOMY (DRAINABLE) BAGS – Pelican Healthcare Ltd – Pelican Select Drainable DuoVent – with two filters, easy access outlet, skin protector, fabric both sides All types and sizes
STOMA APPLIANCES – ILEOSTOMY (DRAINABLE) BAGS – Welland Medical Ltd – Welland Ovation – Drainable Pouch with large vertical oval skin protector Clear starter hole 10mm FVI 710, 10
STOMA APPLIANCES – SKIN FILLERS AND PROTECTIVES (Barrier Creams, Pastes, Aerosols, Lotions, Powders, Gels and Wipes) – Pelican Healthcare Ltd – Pelican Paste 130101, 100g
STOMA APPLIANCES – SKIN FILLERS AND PROTECTIVES (Barrier Creams, Pastes, Aerosols, Lotions, Powders, Gels and Wipes) – Respond Healthcare Ltd – Guard Non Sting Barrier Film (dabber bottle) RMC4, 30ml

To view appliances due to be deleted from Part IX of the April, May and June 2023 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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