PSNC Briefing 022/12: Drug Tariff Simplification Changes – April 2012 (March 2012)

PSNC Briefing 022/12: Drug Tariff Simplification Changes – April 2012 (March 2012)

As part of PSNC’s ongoing negotiations with the Department of Health (DH), a number of measures were agreed with the aim of simplifying Drug Tariff reimbursement arrangements in several areas. Some of these changes came into affect as of April 2012.

A wide range of provisions laid out in the Drug Tariff as well as those provisions which are not detailed in the Drug Tariff but which have developed over time have been reviewed. These provisions range from small to larger more complex issues. The DH and PSNC agreed to implement the changes in two phases – phase one in April 2012 and phase two in July 2012.

Although these changes had no effect on the overall value of the national pharmacy funding package, some of the changes will have affected how elements of the funding settlement are delivered to community pharmacy. Any such changes were agreed with the principles of fairness and funding equitability in mind.

In April 2012, phase one was implemented and included changes to:

  • Reimbursement for purified water
  • Payment for droppers and applicators
  • Reimbursement for diluents when not specifically prescribed
  • Payment for oral preparations which require reconstitution from granules or powder and the associated fee which recognises that due to the limited stability of the reconstituted product, contractors may need to dispense additional containers

In July 2012, phase two was implemented, included changes to:

  • The payment system to reflect the increased cost of dispensing split packs
  • Payments for Methadone oral liquid
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • Broken Bulk
  • Common pack list

For further details regarding these changes please click here.

If you have queries on this PSNC Briefing or you require more information please contact Komal George, Head of Support Services.

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