September 2023 Price Concessions 1st 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 (19/09/2023) announced the following initial list of price concessions for September 2023:

Drug Pack size Price concession
Acamprosate 333mg gastro-resistant tablets 168 £23.67
Aciclovir 800mg tablets 35 £3.81
Amiloride 5mg tablets 28 £14.24
Amisulpride 100mg tablets 60 £18.11
Amisulpride 200mg tablets 60 £32.15
Atorvastatin 10mg tablets 28 £1.39
Atorvastatin 20mg tablets 28 £1.95
Atorvastatin 40mg tablets 28 £2.25
Benzoyl peroxide 5% / Clindamycin 1% gel 30 £11.95
Benzoyl peroxide 5% / Clindamycin 1% gel 60 £22.21
Betahistine 16mg tablets 84 £8.85
Betahistine 8mg tablets 84 £4.09
Betamethasone valerate 0.1% cream 30 £2.28
Bicalutamide 150mg tablets 28 £3.63
Bimatoprost 100micrograms/ml eye drops 3 £3.97
Bisacodyl 5mg gastro-resistant tablets 60 £4.59
Brinzolamide 10mg/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops 5 £9.20
Brinzolamide 10mg/ml eye drops 5 £4.99
Bumetanide 1mg tablets 28 £2.80
Buprenorphine 8mg sublingual tablets sugar free 7 £4.21
Carbocisteine 250mg/5ml oral solution 300 £7.49
Carvedilol 6.25mg tablets 28 £1.30
Chloramphenicol 1% eye ointment 4 £4.99
Cinacalcet 30mg tablets 28 £7.25
Clarithromycin 125mg/5ml oral suspension 70 £4.10
Clarithromycin 250mg tablets 14 £3.25
Clotrimazole 1% cream 20 £1.94
Clotrimazole 1% cream 50 £3.99
Clotrimazole 500mg pessaries 1 £9.45
Co-amoxiclav 500mg/125mg tablets 21 £4.50
Co-careldopa 25mg/100mg tablets 100 £6.62
Co-codamol 30mg/500mg capsules 100 £3.96
Cyclizine 50mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules 5 £8.25
Docusate 50mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 300 £17.77
Dorzolamide 20mg/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops 0.2ml unit dose preservative free 60 £19.56
Doxycycline 100mg capsules 8 £0.90
Enalapril 2.5mg tablets 28 £8.48
Eplerenone 25mg tablets 28 £11.15
Eplerenone 50mg tablets 28 £5.89
Etoricoxib 60mg tablets 28 £2.50
Flecainide 100mg tablets 60 £3.47
Flucloxacillin 250mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 100 £3.62
Glycopyrronium bromide 200micrograms/1ml solution for injection ampoules 10 £9.93
Hydrocortisone 1% cream 15 £1.98
Hydrocortisone 1% cream 30 £3.45
Hydroxychloroquine 200mg tablets 60 £3.45
Isotretinoin 20mg capsules 30 £11.49
Ivabradine 2.5mg tablets 56 £44.19
Lamotrigine 100mg tablets 56 £2.15
Lamotrigine 50mg tablets 56 £1.94
Latanoprost 50micrograms/ml eye drops 2.5 £1.88
Levetiracetam 100mg/ml oral solution sugar free 300 £10.36
Lofepramine 70mg tablets 56 £14.50
Mercaptopurine 50mg tablets 25 £9.42
Methylphenidate 10mg tablets 30 £3.08
Metoprolol 50mg tablets 28 £2.25
Mometasone 0.1% cream 30 £4.14
Mometasone 0.1% ointment 30 £4.20
Montelukast 10mg tablets 28 £1.44
Moxonidine 200microgram tablets 28 £5.29
Mycophenolate mofetil 500mg tablets 50 £7.15
Orlistat 120mg capsules 84 £24.19
Oxycodone 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 250 £9.60
Pantoprazole 20mg gastro-resistant tablets 28 £3.85
Perindopril erbumine 4mg tablets 30 £1.50
Perindopril erbumine 8mg tablets 30 £1.87
Pizotifen 1.5mg tablets 28 £1.81
Pramipexole 180microgram tablets 30 £9.00
Pregabalin 225mg capsules 56 £2.57
Pregabalin 300mg capsules 56 £3.12
Pregabalin 75mg capsules 56 £2.10
Prochlorperazine 3mg buccal tablets 50 £8.09
Prochlorperazine 5mg tablets 28 £1.96
Quetiapine 25mg tablets 60 £1.48
Quinine sulfate 200mg tablets 28 £8.45
Risperidone 1mg/ml oral solution sugar free 100 £3.13
Risperidone 500microgram tablets 20 £3.19
Ropinirole 250microgram tablets 12 £6.15
Rosuvastatin 10mg tablets 28 £1.15
Rosuvastatin 20mg tablets 28 £3.74
Rosuvastatin 5mg tablets 28 £1.00
Sodium chloride 0.9% nebuliser liquid 2.5ml unit dose ampoules 20 £9.50
Spironolactone 100mg tablets 28 £4.56
Spironolactone 25mg tablets 28 £1.84
Spironolactone 50mg tablets 28 £3.98
Tacrolimus 0.1% ointment 60 £39.41
Tacrolimus 0.1% ointment 30 £21.78
Tamsulosin 400microgram modified-release capsules 30 £1.44
Terbinafine 1% cream 15 £3.07
Terbinafine 1% cream 30 £6.15
Warfarin 5mg tablets 28 £1.34
Zolmitriptan 2.5mg orodispersible tablets sugar free 6 £20.69
Zolmitriptan 2.5mg tablets 6 £16.50
Zolmitriptan 2.5mg tablets 12 £33.00
Zopiclone 3.75mg tablets 28 £1.78
Zopiclone 7.5mg tablets 28 £1.53
There are no prices that rolled over from the previous month.

For the full list of price concessions granted so far for September 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 September 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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