Rolled over price concessions for February 2024

The following price concessions granted in January 2024 have rolled over to February 2024:

Drug Pack size Price concession
Baclofen 10mg tablets 84 £1.99
Benzydamine 0.15% mouthwash sugar free 300 £4.79
Carbocisteine 250mg/5ml oral solution 300 £7.49
Co-careldopa 12.5mg/50mg tablets 90 £4.26
Flucloxacillin 500mg capsules 28 £2.41
Lansoprazole 30mg gastro-resistant capsules 28 £1.30
Pregabalin 200mg capsules 84 £3.18
Primidone 250mg tablets 100 £85.97
Prochlorperazine 3mg buccal tablets 50 £8.90

As part of the Year 4 & 5 funding settlement for community pharmacy, it was agreed that an urgent review of the price concession setting system would take place. Since this announcement, Community Pharmacy England has been working with Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to determine improvements to the price concession system.

As part of a package of measures developed to improve the price concession system, the DHSC has implemented a process to roll over certain concessionary prices to the following month. From May 2023, the roll over process will apply to any products where agreement is reached on the final prices granted by DHSC for any price concession requests submitted late in the month (on or after the 23rd of the month) by Community Pharmacy England.

Pharmacy owners will be able to see the lines that have rolled over on our price concessions page here. Please note any rolled over prices can be adjusted upwards if we receive reports from pharmacy owners to indicate suppliers’ selling prices have increased. The review can be requested at any point during the month.

One of the earlier changes agreed between Community Pharmacy England and DHSC was that all products granted a concessionary price will be classified as ‘Discount Not Deducted’ for the month(s) in which they are on concession. From 1 April 2023, a new Group Items category has been added to Part II of the Drug Tariff for ‘Drugs for which discount is not deducted’.

A further solution recently announced by DHSC to help improve current the price concession system includes a ‘retrospective increased payment’ which may apply, when appropriate. Further information regarding this concession ‘top-up’ mechanism will be issued once details are finalised with DHSC.

We are continuing to seek further improvements to the price concession system.

FAQs

Q. Are all prices announced on or after the 23rd of the month rolled over to the following month?

No. Prices are rolled over to the following month for products where a price concession request is submitted late in the month (on or after the 23rd of the month) and where the final prices granted were agreed to by Community Pharmacy England. Not all price concessions published late in the month roll over to the following month. This may be either because they were requested prior to 23rd of the month or the final prices were imposed by DHSC.

Q. Can rolled over prices be adjusted after they are published if purchase prices increase mid-month?

A. Yes. Rolled over prices can be adjusted upwards if Community Pharmacy England receives reports from pharmacy owners showing an increase in purchase prices. The review can be requested at any point during the month.

Q. When are rolled over prices announced?

A. All agreed rolled over prices are published on Community Pharmacy England’s website on the first working day of each month. There may be months’ where no prices roll over to the following month either because all concessions were requested prior to 23rd of the month or the final prices were imposed by DHSC.