October 2023 Price Concessions 2nd 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, the Department has today (19/10/2023) announced the following list of price concessions for October 2023:

Please note the following line has been revised upwards on the 27th October 2023 following mid-month price changes reported by pharmacy owners, the revised price is reflected in the table below:

  • Ropinirole 500microgram tablets
Drug Pack Size Price Concession
Aciclovir 800mg tablets 35 £3.60
Atorvastatin 80mg tablets 28 £5.22
Benzoyl peroxide 5% / Clindamycin 1% gel 30 £11.99
Bimatoprost 100micrograms/ml eye drops 3 £4.18
Brinzolamide 10mg/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops 5 £10.01
Calcipotriol 0.005% / Betamethasone dipropionate 0.05% ointment 30 £9.52
Carvedilol 6.25mg tablets 28 £1.29
Clarithromycin 250mg/5ml oral suspension 70 £6.22
Clotrimazole 1% cream 20 £1.93
Co-codamol 30mg/500mg capsules 100 £4.71
Codeine 30mg tablets 28 £1.08
Codeine 30mg tablets 100 £3.86
Docusate 50mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 300 £18.32
Dorzolamide 20mg/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops 5 £4.15
Estradiol 10microgram pessaries 24 £9.18
Ezetimibe 10mg tablets 28 £1.65
Hydrocortisone 1% cream 15 £2.52
Hydroxocobalamin 1mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules 5 £11.33
Lansoprazole 15mg orodispersible tablets 28 £2.95
Latanoprost 50micrograms/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops 2.5 £3.67
Ondansetron 4mg tablets 10 £7.09
Prochlorperazine 3mg buccal tablets 50 £7.68
Prochlorperazine 5mg tablets 28 £1.80
Promethazine hydrochloride 10mg tablets 56 £18.10
Ropinirole 500microgram tablets 28 £11.89 £13.41
Telmisartan 20mg tablets 28 £3.75
Terbinafine 1% cream 30 £6.59
Terbinafine 1% cream 15 £2.98
Timolol 0.25% eye drops 5 £2.04
Warfarin 5mg tablets 28 £1.54
Zolmitriptan 2.5mg tablets 6 £16.45
Zolmitriptan 2.5mg tablets 12 £32.90
Zopiclone 3.75mg tablets 28 £1.59
Zopiclone 7.5mg tablets 28 £1.50

For the full list of price concessions granted so far for October 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. We are still working with the DHSC to agree concessionary prices for other drugs reported to be unavailable at the stated October Drug Tariff price. Please note that we cannot provide details of any generic products awaiting price concession approval from 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.

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