Following applications made by PSNC to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), a further 26 new products were classed as ‘Drugs for which Discount is Not Deducted’ (DND) from 1 February 2023. This took the total number of products granted DND status over the past 2 years to over 590 products following checks made by PSNC.

Click here to view the 26 products added to DND list on 1 February 2023:

Acarizax 12 SQ-HDM oral lyophilisates
Co-danthramer 75mg/1000mg/5ml oral suspension sugar free
Deferiprone 100mg/ml oral solution sugar free
Desizon 20mg/ml oral suspension
Ethosuximide 250mg/5ml oral solution
Hydrocortisone 20mg modified-release tablets
Levocarnitine 1.5g/5ml oral solution paediatric sugar free
Levonorgestrel 19.5mg intrauterine device
Melatonin 1mg modified-release tablets
Mexiletine hydrochloride 200mg (Mexiletine 167mg) capsules
Nortriptyline 10mg/5ml oral solution sugar free
Nortriptyline 25mg/5ml oral solution sugar free
Olanzapine embonate 210mg powder and solvent for suspension for injection vials
Paliperidone 175mg/0.875ml prolonged-release suspension for injection pre-filled syringes
Paliperidone 263mg/1.315ml prolonged-release suspension for injection pre-filled syringes
Paliperidone 350mg/1.75ml prolonged-release suspension for injection pre-filled syringes
Paliperidone 525mg/2.625ml prolonged-release suspension for injection pre-filled syringes
Raltegravir 600mg tablets
Risedronate sodium 30mg tablets
Sodium bicarbonate 8.4% (1mmol/ml) solution for injection 100ml bottles
Sodium chloride 0.9% solution for injection 50ml vials
Sodium chloride 30% solution for infusion 50ml vials
Sodium cromoglicate 100mg/5ml oral solution 5ml unit dose ampoules sugar free
Tolcapone 100mg tablets
Trifluoperazine 5mg tablets
Vancomycin 1g powder for solution for infusion vials

For a list of all the monthly changes to the DND status of products please see the following page Notice of changes to discount not deducted (DND) status of products. Over 560 products have been granted DND status following checks made by PSNC over the past 2 years.


The DND list is updated monthly by the DHSC and includes grouped and individual items. Individual items are separately listed in Part II of the Drug Tariff. Any items covered by the ‘Group Items’ heading are not listed again individually in Part II. Contractors can also check the Actual Medicinal Product (AMP) listing on Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (dm+d) to identify whether a product meets the DND criteria (see below).

Group items

Any products that are covered by one or more of the Group items categories below are reimbursed without any discount deduction applied.

Cold Chain Storage (ALL)
Schedule 1, 2 or 3 Controlled Drugs: Products containing drugs listed in Schedules 1, 2 and 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulation 2001
Cytotoxic or Cytostatic item (ALL):
Immunoglobulins (ALL)
Insulins for injection (ALL)
Vaccines and antisera (ALL)
Unlicensed medicines: ‘Specials’ not listed in Part VIIIB where the product has been sourced from a supplier holding a MHRA specials or importers licence (prescriptions must be endorsed with invoice price less discount/rebate)
Hazardous chemicals

Individual items  

Products that do not are covered by one or more of the Group item categories above must fulfil all three of the following criteria to qualify for entry to the DND list.

the manufacturer(s), AAH and Alliance do not offer pharmacy contractors a discount
fewer than 500,000 items per year are dispensed of the product
average net ingredient cost (NIC) per item is more than £50

PSNC will continue its work to assess whether other drugs and appliances fulfil the current DND entry requirements under either the ‘Group’ and ‘Individual item’ criteria and make applications to NHSBSA and DHSC, accordingly.

If a product is currently subject to the discount deduction scale and you believe that it should be added to DND list based on the criteria specified above, please contact the PSNC Dispensing and Supply Team by emailing who will investigate whether the product meets the relevant DND criteria and make an application to the DHSC and NHSBSA, as appropriate.

For further information on how discount deduction works, click here.

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