Price Concessions

Published on: 28th February 2020 | Updated on: 28th June 2022


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PSNC Briefing 067/18: How the price concessions system operates
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Price concession archive spreadsheet 
Monthly price concession flow chart 
REF: Drug Tariff Part II, Clause 8B and 9C


June 2022

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today (28/06/2022) granted the following list of price concessions:

Drug Pack size Price Concession
Calcium and Ergocalciferol tablets 28 £35.99
Clarithromycin 250mg/5ml oral suspension 70 £4.90
Febuxostat 80mg tablets 28 £2.54
Fludrocortisone 100microgram tablets 30 £9.53
Fluoxetine 40mg capsules 30 £4.50
Isotretinoin 20mg capsules 30 £15.19
Latanoprost 50micrograms/ml eye drops 2.5 £2.33
Mycophenolate mofetil 500mg tablets 50 £6.27
Nortriptyline 25mg tablets 100 £2.17
Oxycodone 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 250 £8.25
Paracetamol 500mg soluble tablets 24 £2.28
Paracetamol 500mg soluble tablets 100 £9.50
Promethazine hydrochloride 10mg tablets 56 £13.75
Promethazine hydrochloride 25mg tablets 56 £31.36
Rabeprazole 20mg gastro-resistant tablets 28 £8.25
Rivastigmine 3mg capsules 28 £4.20
Salbutamol 2.5mg/2.5ml nebuliser liquid unit dose vials 20 £7.74

DHSC previously (20/06/2022) granted the following list of price concessions:

Drug Pack size Price Concession
Aripiprazole 10mg tablets 28 £1.40
Aciclovir 400mg tablets 56 £3.26
Amoxicillin 250mg/5ml oral suspension 100 £2.40
Amoxicillin 250mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free 100 £2.05
Atenolol 50mg tablets 28 £0.79
Baclofen 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 300 £2.15
Benzydamine 0.15% oromucosal spray sugar free 30 £4.21
Bimatoprost 100micrograms/ml eye drops 3 £4.50
Brimonidine 0.2% eye drops 5 £4.99
Celecoxib 100mg capsules 60 £5.95
Celecoxib 200mg capsules 30 £6.51
Clarithromycin 500mg tablets 14 £3.23
Co-codamol 30mg/500mg effervescent tablets 32 £2.03
Co-codamol 30mg/500mg effervescent tablets 100 £6.04
Co-dydramol 10mg/500mg tablets 30 £2.33
Co-dydramol 10mg/500mg tablets 100 £7.78
Cyanocobalamin 50microgram tablets 50 £14.49
Cyclizine 50mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules 5 £5.25
Dorzolamide 20mg/ml eye drops 5 £5.10
Famotidine 20mg tablets 28 £17.95
Famotidine 40mg tablets 28 £29.86
Flecainide 100mg tablets 60 £4.58
Frovatriptan 2.5mg tablets 6 £3.06
Gabapentin 100mg capsules 100 £3.65
Ibuprofen 100mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free 100 £3.69
Lacidipine 4mg tablets 28 £3.90
Lansoprazole 30mg orodispersible tablets 28 £4.95
Lercanidipine 20mg tablets 28 £8.68
Losartan 100mg tablets 28 £2.25
Losartan 12.5mg tablets 28 £6.46
Losartan 25mg tablets 28 £1.17
Losartan 50mg tablets 28 £1.51
Metformin 500mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 150 £31.44
Methocarbamol 750mg tablets 100 £11.65
Midazolam 10mg/2ml solution for injection ampoules 10 £6.25
Mometasone 0.1% ointment 100 £10.40
Montelukast 4mg granules sachets sugar free 28 £6.64
Naftidrofuryl 100mg capsules 84 £8.10
Nizatidine 150mg capsules 30 £22.95
Norethisterone 5mg tablets 30 £3.99
Nortriptyline 10mg tablets 100 £1.94
Oxybutynin 5mg tablets 56 £1.56
Paracetamol 250mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free 200 £3.20
Pravastatin 10mg tablets 28 £1.03
Pravastatin 20mg tablets 28 £1.29
Pravastatin 40mg tablets 28 £1.45
Prednisolone 5mg soluble tablets 30 £18.50
Rivastigmine 1.5mg capsules 28 £4.45
Ropinirole 250microgram tablets 12 £3.29
Ropinirole 2mg tablets 28 £17.50
Ropinirole 500microgram tablets 28 £6.00
Sodium bicarbonate 500mg capsules 56 £3.88
Solifenacin 10mg tablets 30 £4.22
Solifenacin 5mg tablets 30 £4.47
Sulfasalazine 250mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free 500 £94.22
Sulfasalazine 500mg gastro-resistant tablets 112 £56.99
Sulfasalazine 500mg tablets 112 £58.50
Tamsulosin 400microgram / Dutasteride 500microgram capsules 30 £3.90
Tetracycline 250mg tablets 28 £6.72
Tizanidine 2mg tablets 120 £6.55
Tolterodine 1mg tablets 56 £2.15
Tolterodine 2mg tablets 56 £3.00
Topiramate 100mg tablets 60 £2.85
Topiramate 25mg tablets 60 £2.38
Topiramate 50mg tablets 60 £2.15
Trimethoprim 50mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free 100 £9.31
Trospium chloride 20mg tablets 60 £6.99
Valsartan 160mg capsules 28 £7.57
Valsartan 80mg capsules 28 £4.68

No additional endorsements are required for price concessions. A price concession only applies for the month in which it is granted.

If you have problems obtaining a Part VIII product at the stated Drug Tariff price, please report the issue using the online feedback form on the PSNC website. Please include full details of the supplier and price paid for any products sourced above the Drug Tariff price. PSNC will investigate the extent of the problem and, if appropriate, discuss the issue with DHSC.

Contractors will be alerted to further updates to the price concession list through our website and via our e-news email.  If you wish to subscribe to our email list, you can receive an email as soon as any announcements are made.

All drugs listed in Part VIII of the Drug Tariff are eligible for price concessions.

Occasionally there are shortages of these products, for example, if there are manufacturing problems or a change in demand, resulting in pharmacy contractors having to dispense an equivalent product that is only available above the set Drug Tariff price.

When this happens, PSNC is able to apply to the Department of Health and Social Care for a price concession for that particular month.

What is a price concession?

The Department of Health and Social Care could consider setting a price concession for products listed in Part VIIIA and Part VIIIB where they are available above the set Drug Tariff reimbursement price. Pharmacy contractors will be automatically reimbursed based on the set price rather than the Drug Tariff listed price. There is no need for any endorsement.

Applications are made in month and once the price concession has been announced, it only lasts for the month in which it is granted. Where problems persist into the following month a new application is made. It is possible that a new concession will be granted by the Department of Health and Social Care for subsequent months; however, these are subject to application and are not guaranteed.

The Department of Health and Social Care set price concessions using information derived from manufacturers and wholesalers.  Where contractors are unable to purchase products at the set prices, they may wish to challenge suppliers for an explanation of why their prices are so high.  Where contractors are unable to secure products at or near the concessionary price, PSNC would like to receive copies of invoices for monitoring of prices.  Please email these to or fax to 0207 278 1127  for the attention of the Dispensing and Supply Team.

Sometimes a price concession is granted late in the month, this is due to changing stock levels within the month.  Contractors are advised to procure as economically as is possible for their individual businesses.


Q. How long do price concessions last?

A. If price concessions are granted, it is valid until the end of the month in which it was granted. PSNC needs to apply/re-apply for concessions on a monthly basis. If there is an on-going supply problem, it is possible that a new concession will be granted by the Department of Health and Social Care the following month; however, this is not guaranteed.

Q. Why do contractors need to report generic shortages each month? If a price concession is granted in one month and is still a problem in the next month why doesn’t the price roll over?

A. Price concessions only apply for the month in which they are granted. Because the market fluctuates on a regular basis in terms of stock levels and prices it would not be appropriate to roll the price over from one month to the next.

PSNC regularly monitors the market through contractor reports and communications with wholesalers. Where appropriate, we apply to the Department of Health and Social Care for price concessions on products which aren’t available at Drug Tariff price.  As stock levels and prices can vary across the country, we rely on contractor reports to help feed into our market surveillance and our discussions with the Department of Health and Social Care. It is also important to note that the Department may not act on something unless contractors have reported it.

Q. Why aren’t price concessions granted on the first day of each month?

A. If there is a supply issue, PSNC needs to make a fresh concession application at the start of each month. The Department of Health and Social Care then take time to undertake checks and make a decision. In some cases, there is a need for negotiation between PSNC and the Department of Health and Social Care on an individual product’s circumstances; this can take time.

PSNC would like to see changes to the arrangements that would allow contractors to have certainty over what they will be reimbursed, much earlier in the month, a point which we have raised with the Department of Health and Social Care.

Q. If a medicine is granted a price concession, are all strengths of the product covered by the price concession?

A. No, concessions are granted to specific strengths of a product so contractors must check the latest list so they know which strengths have been granted a concession.

Q. What happens if a price concession is announced after the date that I have sent my EPS claim message to the Pricing Authority for an EPSR2 prescription?

A. Price concessions, once granted, apply for the whole ‘dispensing month’. For example a price concession announced on August 30th applies to the entirety of your August ‘prescription bundle’.

Your August prescription bundle is made up of all your paper prescriptions which are sent to the Pricing Authority by the 5th September and all the EPS prescriptions which fall into the August dispensing month (see below). Prescriptions for any one dispensing month are not priced until the Pricing Authority receives both the electronic and paper prescriptions as the FP34C submission document is needed from the paper bundle to calculate the advance payment for the contractor.

How a dispensing month is determined for electronic prescriptions is outlined below:

eps timing mini table

Q. I have received a prescription for ’28 x 5mg tablets’; however, there is currently a supply issue with that strength and we can only purchase it above Drug Tariff price. The 2.5mg strength is available and works out at the same Drug Tariff price so can I dispense ’56 x 2.5mg tablets’ instead?

A. No. Reimbursement will be based on the prescribed strength and quantity (Please note that the ‘PC’ endorsement is not a sufficient endorsement in this situation).  If contractors believe it is in the patients best interest to ‘double up’ to support patient care, contractors are advised to return the prescription to the prescriber so they can make a clinical decision and if necessary amend the prescription to ensure correct reimbursement.

Q. I have been told by my wholesaler that a Part VIIIA licensed generic product is unavailable. There is not an alternative proprietary product available but a specials manufacturer can prepare this product for me. Can a price concession  be requested?

A. No. The Department of Health and Social Care’s view is that the prescription should be referred back to the prescriber so that they have the opportunity to prescribe an alternative licensed product and/or are aware of the changes in liability caused by an unlicensed product being given to the patient. If the prescriber believes that the product should be specially manufactured, the prescription should be amended to specify “unlicensed special” within the product description. If the prescriber has stated the name of the specials manufacturer, the Pricing Authority will pay based on the endorsed invoice price for the specially manufactured product rather than the Drug Tariff Price. Remember that if the prescriber makes a hand written amendment or includes additional product information that does not appear in the product description (i.e. to provide a certain brand), the prescription must be included in the red separator.

It is helpful to inform the PSNC Dispensing and Supply Team about the shortage. If there is a long term supply problem, PSNC can make an application to the Department of Health and Social Care to remove the product from the Drug Tariff.

More information on the dispensing of unlicensed medicines is available in this section of our site.

Q. I have received a prescription for a Part VIIIB unlicensed medicine but cannot obtain it at the Part VIIIB price, what should I do?

A. Unless there are exceptional circumstances pharmacy contractors should be able to purchase the products in Part VIIIB at or below the Drug Tariff price. Pharmacy contractors will need to ensure they have considered a range of suppliers and where they are still having difficulties, pharmacy contractors should contact PSNC who will then be able to investigate the situation and apply to the DHSC for a price concession if appropriate.

What is NCSO status?

The information provided in this section does not relate to the use of the NCSO endorsement for SSPs. For information on endorsing SSPs please see our Briefing 023/19: Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) also see our SSPs – FAQs

The last No Cheaper Stock Obtainable (NCSO) was granted in April 2013.  An NCSO status was used where products listed in Part VIIIA & Part VIIIB of the Drug Tariff were not available at the set Drug Tariff reimbursement price.

Previously where an NCSO was granted, the reimbursement price was based upon the appropriate prescription endorsement rather than the fixed Drug Tariff price. Correct endorsement for an NCSO was essential.

Applications were made in month and once an NCSO status was announced, it only lasted for the month in which it is granted. Where problems persisted into the following month, a new application had to be made.

NCSO endorsing guide (Please see the notice at the top of this section)

Given the number of products in short supply at present, contractors may want to consider undertaking an additional check during their end of month prescription submission process, to ensure that all prescriptions have been endorsed correctly, where necessary. Key things to consider:

  • The NCSO is granted at different times during the month; have staff been giving consideration to whether the concession needs to be claimed for all products on the NCSO list?
  • Where staff have endorsed to claim the NCSO, does the endorsement include all of the necessary information? In checks PSNC has undertaken on endorsing practice, the most common omission is the initial for the dispenser (any authorised staff member can add the initial, it doesn’t need to be the pharmacist. The initials can be computer generated).
  • If the Pricing Authority do not have a price on their system for the endorsed brand or supplier, the endorsement must also include the price paid (before discount and ex VAT). An indication of which suppliers are listed on the NHS RxS system for a particular product is available through the Dictionary of Medicines and Devices browser.
  • The Pricing Authority will only reimburse based on an NCSO endorsement where a prescription has been submitted in the month that the NCSO has been granted. Care should be taken to ensure that prescriptions dispensed in a particular month are submitted with that month’s prescription bundle.

NCSO Endorsement FAQs (Please see the notice at the top of this section)

Q. Do I need to include the name of the supplier or is just the price acceptable for NCSO endorsements?

A. It is essential to endorse the following:

  • NCSO
  • Pharmacist initials
  • Date
  • Supplier, manufacturer or brand name;
  • Pack size
  • Price if appropriate

If this information is missing, even if a price has been endorsed, the NCSO claim will not be accepted by the Pricing Authority.

Q. Does it need to be the pharmacist that initials the NCSO endorsement?

A. No, it can be any staff member who has been authorised by the pharmacy owner. It doesn’t need to be the pharmacist.

Q. Is it acceptable to provide a fully computer-generated NCSO endorsement or do any parts of this endorsement need to be handwritten?

A. It is acceptable for the NCSO endorsement (including the date and initials of the staff member making the endorsement) to be computer-generated.

Q. Can I endorse ‘NCSO’ for any item I am unable to purchase at the Drug Tariff Part VIII price?

A. No. No Cheaper Stock Obtainable (NCSO) products are items for which in the opinion of the Secretary of State for Health and the Welsh Ministers there is no product available to contractors at the price in Part VIII of the Drug Tariff. In this scenario the Pricing Authority will only reimburse based on a full NCSO endorsement against those items which have been granted this status.

Q. Can I endorse that I have given a branded product against a prescription for the Part VIIIA generic item and be reimbursed for doing so?

Contractors will only be reimbursed for a branded equivalent if the NCSO has been granted for that product in that dispensing month, and the prescription has been endorsed fully to claim the concession (see endorsing guidance above).


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