April 2018 Price Concessions/NCSO – FINAL update


April 2018 Price Concessions/NCSO – FINAL update

May 3, 2018

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today (03/05/2018) granted FINAL price concessions for April 2018.

PSNC Director of Pharmacy Funding Mike Dent said:

“Medicines supply and pricing issues continue to put enormous and unreasonable pressure on community pharmacy contractors. We are disappointed that once again this month DHSC has imposed prices on a number of lines at lower levels than PSNC had sought. Whilst DHSC trials the use of manufacturer prices rather than wholesaler prices to inform its decision making, PSNC continues to press the need for a fair system to be implemented, the principles of which were agreed by the committee and put to DHSC earlier this year.”

The new additions to the April 2018 price concession list are below:

Drug  Pack Size Price concession
Buprenorphine 2mg sublingual tablets 7 £1.35
Buprenorphine 8mg sublingual tablets 7 £2.39
Doxazosin 1mg tablets 28 £0.94
Glimepiride 2mg tablets 30 £2.68
Glimepiride 4mg tablets 30 £5.73
Pioglitazone 15mg tablets 28 £8.82
Pioglitazone 45mg tablets 28 £14.15
Tadalafil 5mg tablets 28 £14.00
Tolterodine 1mg tablets 56 £3.50
Tolterodine 2mg tablets 56 £3.47
Topiramate 25mg tablets 60 £7.41

DHSC previously (27.04.2018) granted the following price concessions:

Drug Pack size Price concession
Digoxin 125microgram tablets 28 £1.50
Digoxin 250microgram tablets 28 £1.55
Digoxin 62.5microgram tablets 28 £1.55
Glimepiride 3mg tablets 30 £5.10
Irbesartan 300mg tablets 28 £6.97
Mirtazapine 30mg orodispersible tablets 30 £1.35
Topiramate 100mg tablets 60 £17.00
Venlafaxine 37.5mg tablets 56 £3.20

DHSC previously (24.04.2018) granted the following price concessions:

Drug Pack size Price Concession
Aripiprazole 10mg tablets 28 £3.05
Bicalutamide 150mg tablets 28 £16.94
Co-codamol 30mg/500mg capsules 100 £4.50
Glimepiride 1mg tablets 30 £2.22
Irbesartan 150mg tablets 28 £5.12
Irbesartan 75mg tablets 28 £2.40
Mirtazapine 15mg orodispersible tablets 30 £1.50
Mirtazapine 45mg orodispersible tablets 30 £2.00
Oxybutynin 5mg tablets 56 £1.87
Perindopril erbumine 2mg tablets 30 £4.13
Perindopril erbumine 4mg tablets 30 £3.30
Perindopril erbumine 8mg tablets 30 £5.85
Pioglitazone 30mg tablets 28 £14.85
Topiramate 50mg tablets 60 £9.50
Venlafaxine 75mg tablets 56 £5.68

DHSC previously (19.04.2018) granted the following price concessions:

Drug Pack size Price Concession
Amitriptyline 50mg tablets 28 £2.88
Aripiprazole 5mg tablets 28 £2.85
Aripiprazole 15mg tablets 28 £3.22
Bicalutamide 50mg tablets 28 £17.24
Chlorpromazine 50mg tablets 28 £32.47
Lacidipine 2mg tablets 28 £2.95
Lansoprazole 15mg orodispersible tablets 28 £2.98
Oxybutynin 2.5mg tablets 56 £1.11
Phenoxymethylpenicillin 125mg/5ml oral solution 100ml £5.96
Phenoxymethylpenicillin 250mg/5ml oral solution 100ml £7.43
Ramipril 2.5mg tablets 28 £1.04
Trimethoprim 200mg tablets 6 £0.40
Trimethoprim 50mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free 100ml £3.75

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 or problems obtaining the product at the stated Drug Tariff price, please report the issue to PSNC 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.


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