January 2024 Price Concessions 2nd Update


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 (26/01/2024) announced the following list of price concessions for January 2024:

Drug Pack size Price concession
Amiodarone 200mg tablets 28 £1.83
Amisulpride 100mg tablets 60 £18.21
Atorvastatin 80mg tablets 28 £3.10
Azithromycin 250mg capsules 6 £5.08
Betahistine 16mg tablets 84 £8.34
Betahistine 8mg tablets 84 £4.17
Bimatoprost 100micrograms/ml eye drops 3 £5.55
Brinzolamide 10mg/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops 5 £10.15
Calcipotriol 0.005% / Betamethasone dipropionate 0.05% ointment 30 £12.12
Clomipramine 50mg capsules 28 £8.06
Clotrimazole 1% cream 50 £4.11
Co-codamol 15mg/500mg tablets 100 £3.40
Co-codamol 30mg/500mg tablets 30 £1.32
Co-codamol 30mg/500mg tablets 100 £4.40
Colecalciferol 1,000unit capsules 30 £7.35
Dorzolamide 20mg/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops 0.2ml unit dose preservative free 60 £25.03
Duloxetine 20mg gastro-resistant capsules 28 £9.18
Duloxetine 40mg gastro-resistant capsules 56 £9.20
Estradiol 10microgram pessaries 24 £10.52
Etoricoxib 30mg tablets 28 £4.37
Glycopyrronium bromide 200micrograms/1ml solution for injection ampoules 10 £13.32
Hydrocortisone 2.5% cream 15 £46.95
Hydroxocobalamin 1mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules 5 £11.29
Isotretinoin 20mg capsules 30 £10.92
Lamotrigine 100mg tablets 56 £4.07
Lofepramine 70mg tablets 56 £16.10
Mebeverine 200mg modified-release capsules 60 £6.59
Metformin 500mg modified-release tablets 56 £1.74
Mometasone 50micrograms/dose nasal spray 140 £9.47
Montelukast 10mg tablets 28 £2.20
Montelukast 5mg chewable tablets sugar free 28 £1.19
Prednisolone 5mg soluble tablets 30 £49.65
Pregabalin 150mg capsules 56 £2.18
Quinine sulfate 300mg tablets 28 £3.95
Ropinirole 500microgram tablets 28 £15.75
Sodium fluoride 1.1% dental paste sugar free 51 £5.40
Zonisamide 100mg capsules 56 £24.75

For the full list of price concessions granted so far for January 2024, 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 Medicines Supply and Concessions Briefing 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’ may apply, where appropriate. Further information regarding this concession ‘top-up’ mechanism will be issued once details are finalised.