May 2023 Price Concessions Final 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 (our members), the Department has today (01/06/2023) announced the following final list of price concessions for May 2023:
Drug Pack size Price concession
Amoxicillin 125mg/5ml oral suspension 100 £2.98
Amoxicillin 250mg/5ml oral suspension 100 £3.52
Atorvastatin 10mg tablets 28 £0.79
Atorvastatin 40mg tablets 28 £1.30
Atorvastatin 80mg tablets 28 £1.40
Brinzolamide 10mg/ml eye drops 5 £4.46
Brinzolamide 10mg/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops 5 £8.19
Chloramphenicol 0.5% eye drops 10 £9.68
Chlorphenamine 2mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 150 £3.04
Cinacalcet 30mg tablets 28 £10.09
Cinnarizine 15mg tablets 84 £5.53
Clarithromycin 250mg tablets 14 £4.20
Clonidine 25microgram tablets 112 £19.11
Clotrimazole 500mg pessary and Clotrimazole 2% cream 1 £10.35
Co-codamol 8mg/500mg effervescent tablets 32 £3.31
Co-codamol 8mg/500mg effervescent tablets 100 £10.34
Co-trimoxazole 80mg/400mg tablets 28 £2.36
Cyclizine 50mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules 5 £9.74
Doxazosin 4mg modified-release tablets 28 £5.75
Flucloxacillin 250mg capsules 28 £1.91
Itraconazole 100mg capsules 15 £9.76
Lansoprazole 30mg orodispersible tablets 28 £5.52
Letrozole 2.5mg tablets 14 £1.03
Methylphenidate 10mg tablet 30 £3.08
Miconazole 2% cream 30 £2.51
Nebivolol 5mg tablets 28 £1.67
Ondansetron 4mg tablets 10 £6.01
Paracetamol 250mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free 200 £8.46
Paracetamol 500mg effervescent tablets 100 £10.77
Permethrin 5% cream 30 £11.51
Quetiapine 25mg tablets 60 £1.47
Quinine sulfate 200mg tablets 28 £5.44
Sodium chloride 0.9% nebuliser liquid 2.5ml unit dose ampoules 20 £9.12
Spironolactone 100mg tablets 28 £5.40
Tolterodine 2mg tablets 56 £3.58
Travoprost 40micrograms/ml eye drops 2.5 £2.47
Trazodone 100mg capsules 56 £4.05
Trazodone 50mg capsules 84 £4.32
Trihexyphenidyl 2mg tablets 84 £4.45
Valsartan 160mg capsules 28 £10.88
Venlafaxine 150mg modified-release capsules 28 £4.98
Venlafaxine 150mg modified-release tablets 30 £4.85
Venlafaxine 75mg modified-release capsules 28 £4.50
Venlafaxine 75mg modified-release tablets 30 £2.95
Zonisamide 100mg capsules 56 £30.22

For the full list of price concessions granted for May 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 our members 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.

Members can subscribe to our mailing list to receive email updates of any price concessions.

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 our members 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 our members 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, any agreed prices for concessions requested after the 23rd of the month will be rolled over to the following month. 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.