July 2023 Price Concessions 3rd 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 (21/07/2023) announced the following list of price concessions for July 2023:
Please note CPE is still in discussion with DHSC on several other lines of concern, including other strengths of Atorvastatin tablets. We will provide an update as soon as a decision is reached.
Drug Pack size Price concession
Acamprosate 333mg gastro-resistant tablets 168 £23.59
Aciclovir 800mg tablets 35 £4.25
Alverine 60mg capsules 100 £3.59
Amiloride 5mg tablets 28 £12.59
Bimatoprost 100micrograms/ml eye drops 3 £3.84
Bumetanide 1mg tablets 28 £2.77
Carbocisteine 250mg/5ml oral solution 300 £6.91
Carvedilol 6.25mg tablets 28 £1.59
Clarithromycin 125mg/5ml oral suspension 70 £4.15
Clonazepam 2mg tablets 100 £24.30
Clonazepam 500microgram tablets 100 £24.95
Clotrimazole 500mg pessaries 1 £9.85
Co-careldopa 25mg/100mg tablets 100 £6.95
Docusate 50mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 300 £17.14
Dorzolamide 20mg/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops 0.2ml unit dose preservative free 60 £19.56
Eplerenone 25mg tablets 28 £3.29
Febuxostat 80mg tablets 28 £3.27
Flecainide 100mg tablets 60 £3.55
Hydrocortisone 1% cream 30 £1.98
Hydroxychloroquine 200mg tablets 60 £4.42
Lamotrigine 100mg tablets 56 £2.21
Lansoprazole 30mg orodispersible tablets 28 £5.18
Latanoprost 50micrograms/ml eye drops 2.5 £2.15
Lofepramine 70mg tablets 56 £14.60
Mercaptopurine 50mg tablets 25 £9.42
Metformin 1g modified-release tablets 56 £2.25
Methylphenidate 10mg tablets 30 £3.08
Moxonidine 200microgram tablets 28 £5.47
Mycophenolate mofetil 500mg tablets 50 £6.73
Orlistat 120mg capsules 84 £24.50
Pregabalin 300mg capsules 56 £3.12
Pregabalin 75mg capsules 56 £2.10
Risperidone 1mg/ml oral solution sugar free 100 £3.13
Rosuvastatin 10mg tablets 28 £1.21
Rosuvastatin 20mg tablets 28 £4.89
Rosuvastatin 40mg tablets 28 £1.70
Rosuvastatin 5mg tablets 28 £0.95
Travoprost 40micrograms/ml / timolol 5mg/ml eye drops 2.5 £4.95

For the full list of price concessions granted so far for July 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.