September 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, the Department has today (29/09/2023) announced the following final list of price concessions for September 2023:

Drug Pack size Price concession
Atorvastatin 80mg tablets 28 £5.32
Brimonidine 0.2% eye drops 5 £3.20
Calcipotriol 0.005% / Betamethasone dipropionate 0.05% ointment 30 £9.14
Clarithromycin 500mg tablets 14 £8.10
Cyclizine 50mg tablets 100 £4.39
Dorzolamide 20mg/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops 5 £1.99
Flucloxacillin 250mg/5ml oral solution 100 £3.38
Itraconazole 100mg capsules 15 £6.96
Lansoprazole 30mg orodispersible tablets 28 £5.21
Letrozole 2.5mg tablets 14 £4.22
Mebeverine 200mg modified-release capsules 60 £5.44
Midazolam 10mg/2ml solution for injection ampoules 10 £6.29
Naftidrofuryl 100mg capsules 84 £10.24
Pantoprazole 40mg gastro-resistant tablets 28 £4.37
Phenoxymethylpenicillin 125mg/5ml oral solution 100 £7.63
Rasagiline 1mg tablets 28 £16.04
Rizatriptan 10mg orodispersible tablets sugar free 3 £5.49
Ropinirole 2mg tablets 28 £18.40
Ropinirole 500 micrograms tablets 28 £12.73
Topiramate 100mg tablets 60 £12.28
Valaciclovir 500mg tablets 10 £14.39
Warfarin 1mg tablets 28 £0.84

 

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.

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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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