Price Concessions: Update on PSNC discussions with DHSC

Price Concessions: Update on PSNC discussions with DHSC

February 26, 2018

Contractors may be aware that PSNC has been in discussions with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) about changing the system for setting price concessions.

PSNC is seeking a system that is more responsive to price rises, and ensures community pharmacy contractors do not carry unreasonable costs on behalf of the NHS. Read more here.

DHSC is now trialling a new approach to price setting based on gathering timely data from manufacturers.

This has been covered by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) who report that manufacturers have been working with DHSC to improve the quality of data that they provide.

PSNC Director of Pharmacy Funding Mike Dent said:
“We are pleased that manufacturers have been able to provide more timely information. It is important that concessions ensure that pharmacy owners are reimbursed for the medicines they supply for the NHS.

The existing system, in which DHSC asks wholesalers about current prices, is unsatisfactory, and this has particularly been the case in the recent volatile market conditions. Using current data from manufacturers as well as wholesalers may provide a better evidential basis but we need to see if it can be used as part of a system that does deliver reimbursement of what pharmacies are having to pay.”

PSNC has applied for a similar number of concessions for February as in January.

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