Gluten-free foods restricted on NHS prescriptions

Gluten-free foods restricted on NHS prescriptions

December 3, 2018

Community pharmacy teams are reminded that from Tuesday 4th December the gluten-free (GF) foods permitted on the NHS in England is restricted to bread and mixes only.

Revisions have been made to Part XV (the ‘ACBS list’) and Part XVIIIA (the ‘Blacklist’) of the December 2018 Drug Tariff to reflect this change in GF prescribing.

If a patient presents a prescription for any restricted GF foods in December, they will need to be referred back to the prescriber to discuss suitable alternatives.

PSNC has created the following briefing to explain the changes to the availability of GF foods on NHS prescription and what this means for community pharmacy teams.

PSNC Briefing 061/18: Changes to the availability of gluten-free foods on NHS prescription (updated 3rd December 2018)

FAQs

Q. Which GF products will be allowed on an FP10 after the 4th December?

GF breads and mixes allowed on prescription from 4th December 2018:

Barkat gluten-free all purpose flour mix Barkat gluten-free brown rice bread
Barkat gluten-free hi-fibre bread mix Barkat gluten-free par-baked baguettes
Barkat gluten-free par-baked rolls Barkat gluten-free par-baked white bread sliced
Barkat gluten-free wheat free multigrain rice bread Barkat gluten-free white rice bread
Barkat gluten-free wholemeal sliced bread Ener-G gluten-free brown rice bread
Ener-G gluten-free dinner rolls Ener-G gluten-free rice loaf
Ener-G gluten-free Seattle brown loaf Ener-G gluten-free tapioca bread
Ener-G gluten-free white rice bread Finax gluten-free coarse flour mix
Finax gluten-free fibre bread mix Finax gluten-free flour mix
Genius gluten-free brown sandwich bread sliced Genius gluten-free seeded brown farmhouse loaf sliced
Genius gluten-free white sandwich bread sliced Glutafin gluten-free 4 white rolls
Glutafin gluten-free baguettes Glutafin gluten-free bread mix 32
Glutafin gluten-free fibre bread mix Glutafin gluten-free fibre loaf sliced
Glutafin gluten-free high fibre loaf sliced Glutafin gluten-free multipurpose white mix
Glutafin gluten-free part-baked 2 long white rolls Glutafin gluten-free part-baked 4 fibre rolls
Glutafin gluten-free part-baked 4 white rolls Glutafin gluten-free Select bread mix
Glutafin gluten-free Select fibre bread mix Glutafin gluten-free Select fibre loaf sliced
Glutafin gluten-free Select fresh brown loaf sliced Glutafin gluten-free Select fresh seeded loaf sliced
Glutafin gluten-free Select fresh white loaf sliced Glutafin gluten-free Select multipurpose fibre mix
Glutafin gluten-free Select multipurpose white mix Glutafin gluten-free Select seeded loaf sliced
Glutafin gluten-free Select white loaf sliced Glutafin gluten-free wheat-free fibre mix
Glutafin gluten-free white loaf sliced Glutenex gluten-free white bread mix
Innovative Solutions gluten-free bakery blend Just: gluten-free good white bread sliced
Just: gluten-free good white rolls Just: gluten-free white sandwich bread
Juvela gluten-free bread rolls Juvela gluten-free fibre bread rolls
Juvela gluten-free fibre loaf sliced Juvela gluten-free fibre loaf unsliced
Juvela gluten-free fibre mix Juvela gluten-free fresh fibre loaf sliced
Juvela gluten-free fresh fibre rolls Juvela gluten-free fresh white loaf sliced
Juvela gluten-free fresh white rolls Juvela gluten-free harvest mix
Juvela gluten-free loaf sliced Juvela gluten-free loaf unsliced
Juvela gluten-free mix Juvela gluten-free part-baked fibre bread rolls
Juvela gluten-free part-baked fibre loaf Juvela gluten-free part-baked loaf
Juvela gluten-free part-baked white bread rolls Lifestyle gluten-free brown bread
Lifestyle gluten-free brown bread rolls Lifestyle gluten-free high fibre bread rolls
Lifestyle gluten-free white bread rolls Mums Mill gluten-free quick bread mix
Orgran gluten-free bread mix Proceli basic mix
Proceli gluten free part-baked baguettes Tobia Brown Teff Bread Mix
Tobia White Teff Bread Mix Tritamyl gluten-free brown bread mix
Tritamyl gluten-free flour mix Tritamyl gluten-free white bread mix
Warburtons gluten free brown bread sliced Warburtons gluten free brown rolls
Warburtons gluten free white bread sliced Warburtons gluten free white rolls

Q. I ordered and prepared a prescription for a patient for GF foods in November 2018 but the patient didn't come to collect the items until 6th December; the products ordered are now disallowed, can I submit this prescription and will I be reimbursed?

Whilst GF foods other than bread and mixes should not be prescribed on or after 4th December 2018, any prescriptions for GF foods (except for GF foods previously blacklisted) will continue to be reimbursed until June 2019 as prescriptions are valid for six months after they have been issued.

Q. One of our patients purchased a pre-payment certificate (PPC) to cover the cost of GF prescriptions; now they will only be able to access a limited range of products. Are they able to obtain a refund for they PPC?

No. A PPC cannot be refunded because of the amendments to the prescribing regulations of GF foods. Changes to GF prescribing were announced in February 2018 giving patients and NHS services an extended period of notice before the amended regulations came into force in December 2018. Pre-payment certificates cover all prescription medicines and not just GF food so can continue to be used until they expire. Patients can only claim a refund of a PPC if they become entitled to free NHS prescriptions.

More information is available on the NHS Business Services Authority website.



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