Drug Tariff Watch: August 2018 changes

Drug Tariff Watch: August 2018 changes

July 13, 2018

The Preface lists additions, deletions and alterations to the Drug Tariff. Below is a quick summary of the changes due to take place from 1st August 2018.

Part VIIIA additions

Category A:

  • Glycopyrronium bromide 600micrograms/3ml solution for injection ampoules (10)
  • *Sodium chloride 0.9% solution for injection 50ml vials (25)

Category C:

  • Adrenaline (base) 500micrograms/0.5ml (1 in 1,000) solution for injection pre-filled disposable devices SC (1) – Emerade
  • Alfentanil 1mg/2ml solution for injection ampoules (10) – Rapifen
  • Alprostadil 3mg/g cream (4) – Vitaros
  • Brivaracetam 100mg tablets (56) – Briviact
  • Brivaracetam 10mg tablets (14) – Briviact
  • Brivaracetam 25mg tablets (56) – Briviact
  • Brivaracetam 50mg tablets (56) – Briviact
  • Brivaracetam 75mg tablets (56) – Briviact
  • Carbimazole 10mg tablets (100) – Macleods Pharma UK Ltd
  • Carbimazole 15mg tablets (100) – Macleods Pharma UK Ltd
  • Ciprofloxacin 2mg/ml ear drops 0.25ml unit dose preservative free (15) – Cetraxal
  • Colestipol 5g granules sachets sugar free (30) – Colestid
  • Docusate 120mg/10g enema (6) – Norgalax
  • Fentanyl 100microgram sublingual tablets sugar free (10) – Abstral
  • Fentanyl 200microgram sublingual tablets sugar free (10) – Abstral
  • Fentanyl 300microgram sublingual tablets sugar free (10) – Abstral
  • Fentanyl 400microgram sublingual tablets sugar free (10) – Abstral
  • Fentanyl 600microgram sublingual tablets sugar free (30) – Abstral
  • Fentanyl 800microgram sublingual tablets sugar free (30) – Abstral
  • Guanfacine 1mg modified-release tablets (28) – Intuniv
  • Guanfacine 2mg modified-release tablets (28) – Intuniv
  • Guanfacine 3mg modified-release tablets (28) – Intuniv
  • Guanfacine 4mg modified-release tablets (28) – Intuniv
  • Hepatitis B (rDNA) 10micrograms/0.5ml vaccine suspension for injection pre-filled syringes SC (1) –Engerix B
  • Hepatitis B (rDNA) 20micrograms/1ml vaccine suspension for injection pre-filled syringes SC (1) – Engerix B
  • Insulin glulisine 100units/ml solution for injection 10ml vials SC (1) – Apidra
  • Insulin glulisine 100units/ml solution for injection 3ml cartridges (5) – Apidra
  • Levetiracetam 500mg/5ml solution for infusion vials (10) – Keppra
  • Liquid paraffin light 82.8% bath additive SC (500ml) – Cetraben emollient
  • Maraviroc 20mg/ml oral solution sugar free (230ml) – Celsentri
  • Maraviroc 25mg tablets (120) – Celsentri
  • Maraviroc 75mg tablets (120) – Celsentri
  • Methylphenidate 50mg modified-release capsules (30) – Medikinet XL
  • Methylphenidate 5mg modified-release capsules (30) – Medikinet XL
  • Methylphenidate 60mg modified-release capsules (30) – Medikinet XL
  • Ondansetron 4mg orodispersible films sugar free (10) – Setofilm
  • Ondansetron 8mg orodispersible films sugar free (10) – Setofilm
  • Potassium chloride 375mg/5ml (potassium 5mmol/5ml) oral solution sugar free (500ml) – Kay-Cee-L syrup
  • Proguanil 25mg / Atovaquone 62.5mg tablets (12) – Malarone Paediatric
  • Stiripentol 500mg oral powder sachets (60) – Diacomit
  • Tramadol 75mg modified-release tablets (60) – Zytram SR

Part VIIIA amendments

  • Aceclofenac 100mg tablets (60) – Preservex is changing to Category A
  • Calcipotriol 50micrograms/g ointment SC (30g) – Dovonex is changing to Category A
  • Carbamazepine 125mg suppositories (5) – Essential Pharma Ltd is changing to Category A
  • Isotretinoin 10mg capsules (30) – Roaccutane is changing to Category A
  • Morphine sulfate 30mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules (10) – Martindale Pharmaceuticals Ltd is changing to Category A
  • Simple linctus paediatric (200ml) – Thornton & Ross Ltd is changing to Category A
  • Tetrabenazine 25mg tablets (112) – Xenazine is changing to Category A

Part VIIIA deletions

If a medicinal product has been removed from Part VIIIA and has no other pack sizes listed, it can continue to be dispensed as long as the product does not appear in Part XVIIIA (the ‘Blacklist’)–but it will need to be endorsed fully (i.e. brand or supplier name from whom the product was purchased and the pack size from which the item was dispensed).

* This pack only (others already available)

  • Polymyxin B 10,000units/g / Bacitracin 500units/g ointment (20g) – Polyfax
  • *Sodium chloride 0.9% solution for injection 50ml vials (1)
  • Strontium ranelate 2g granules sachets sugar free (28) – Protelos

Part VIIIB additions

  • Clobetasone 0.05% / Oxytetracycline 3% / Nystatin 100,000units/g cream SC (30g)

Part IX deletions

It is important to take careful note of removals from Part IX because if you dispense a deleted product, prescriptions will be returned as disallowed.

Product Type, Size and Product Code
Vaginal Contraceptive Diaphragm – Ortho All-Flex Diaphragm Arcing – Arcing Spring (Type C) 65-80mm (rising in 5mm)
Capillary Action Absorbent Wound Dressing – Cerdak Aerocloth All sizes
Capillary Action Absorbent Wound Dressing – Cerdak Aerofilm All sizes
Capillary Action Absorbent Wound Dressing – Cerdak Basic All sizes
Cavity Dressing – Cerdak Cavity All sizes
WOUND MANAGEMENT DRESSINGS – ELECT Superabsorber Square (all sizes) and Rectangular (all sizes)
ELASTIC HOSIERY – CLASS I Lt. Wt Elas. Net Thigh and Below Knee
SPACER/HOLDING CHAMBER DEVICES – Fisio Chamber Vision All (with and without mask)
ILEOSTOMY (DRAINABLE) BAGS – Hollister Ltd – Karaya 5 seal with microporous adhesive – 41cm Length Transparent 76mm (3276)
TWO PIECE OSTOMY SYSTEMS – ConvaTec Ltd – Drainable Pouch with InvisiClose outlet and Filter (2-sided Comfort Backing) Opaque – Standard – Right (30.8cm) 13-48mm barrier (S1211F)
TWO PIECE OSTOMY SYSTEMS – ConvaTec Ltd – Drainable Pouch with InvisiClose outlet and Filter (1-sided Comfort Backing) Transparent – Standard – Right (30.8cm) 13-35mm barrier (S1220F)
CHEMICAL REAGENTS – DiaCheck 50
CHEMICAL REAGENTS – SuperCheck Plus 50
CHEMICAL REAGENTS – SuperCheck 2 50

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