PSNC responds to consultation on community pharmacy drug reimbursement reform

PSNC responds to consultation on community pharmacy drug reimbursement reform

September 12, 2019

PSNC has today published its response to the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC’s) public consultation on community pharmacy drug reimbursement reforms.

In line with the five-year deal on the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF), this consultation is the first step in improving reimbursement arrangements. PSNC’s intention is to work on changes that will deliver smoother cash flow and fairer distribution of margin for contractors.

PSNC has responded to the proposed reforms around:

  • Changes to the way Category A prices are set
  • Changes to how medicine margin is distributed in Category M drugs
  • Changes to how Category C prices are set for drugs with multiple suppliers
  • Inclusion of non-medicinal products in the Drug Tariff
  • Changes to the way prices of drugs in non-Part VIIIA are set
  • Changes to arrangements for reimbursement and procurement of ‘specials’
  • Changes to reimbursement of generically prescribed appliances dispensed as ‘specials’
  • Changes to reimbursement of generically prescribed drugs dispensed as ‘specials’
  • Changes to the deduction scale

View the consultation documents

Read PSNC’s response the consultation on community pharmacy reimbursement reforms

The proposals are far reaching, complex and interlinked. PSNC has been talking to the DHSC about many of these proposals for some time and the proposals also featured in the final package of Community pharmacy in 2016/17 and beyond document.  However, the proposals under consultation do not impact the agreed funding envelope and should help to smooth delivery of retained margin. They could, however, have an impact on individual pharmacies depending on their dispensing mix.

We hope that PSNC’s response will help inform any responses that contractors, LPCs or other pharmacy organisations may like to submit. PSNC looks forward to discussing the detail and mechanics of how DHSC and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) intend to reimburse pharmacy contractors as part of the second stage of the consultation process.

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