Following discussions between Community Pharmacy England and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) regarding medicine pricing issues reported by pharmacy owners, the Department has today (30/08/2023) announced the following final list of price concessions for August 2023.
Our Funding and Reimbursement Team will be hosting a webinar on price concessions on the evening of 5th September 2023 to help to explain how the concessions system works and what happens when pharmacy owners report increased prices to us. Some of our Committee Members will also be on hand to talk about our calls for improvements in the system, answer your questions and hear further feedback for DHSC. Book your place now (note, registration will close at 3pm on the day of the event)
Amisulpride 200mg tablets
Atomoxetine 10mg capsules
Atomoxetine 18mg capsules
Atomoxetine 25mg capsules
Atomoxetine 60mg capsules
Atorvastatin 80mg tablets
Betahistine 8mg tablets
Betamethasone valerate 0.1% cream
Brimonidine 0.2% eye drops
Chlorphenamine 2mg/5ml oral solution sugar free
Cinacalcet 30mg tablets
Clarithromycin 500mg tablets
Clonazepam 500microgram tablets
Dorzolamide 20mg/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops
Eplerenone 50mg tablets
Etoricoxib 60mg tablets
Flucloxacillin 250mg/5ml oral solution
Fludrocortisone 100microgram tablets
Itraconazole 100mg capsules
Latanoprost 50micrograms/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops
Letrozole 2.5mg tablets
Orlistat 120mg capsules
Permethrin 5% cream
Phenoxymethylpenicillin 125mg/5ml oral solution
Phenoxymethylpenicillin 250mg/5ml oral solution
Pregabalin 75mg capsules
Quetiapine 25mg tablets
Rizatriptan 10mg orodispersible tablets sugar free
Ropinirole 500microgram tablets
Sodium chloride 0.9% nebuliser liquid 2.5ml unit dose ampoules
Topiramate 100mg tablets
Tramadol 37.5mg / Paracetamol 325mg tablets
Travoprost 40micrograms/ml / timolol 5mg/ml eye drops
Valaciclovir 500mg tablets
Warfarin 1mg tablets
Warfarin 5mg tablets
For the full list of price concessions granted for August 2023 including any rolled over from July, please visit our webpage: cpe.org.uk/priceconcessions
No additional endorsements are required for price concessions. A price concession only applies for the month it is granted; any prices agreed for concessions requested late in the month will roll over into the following month.
We encourage pharmacies to report any problems obtaining a Part VIII product at or below the stated Drug Tariff price, using the online feedback form on the Community Pharmacy England website. Please include full details of the supplier and price paid for any products sourced above the Drug Tariff price. We will investigate the extent of the problem and, if appropriate, discuss the issue with DHSC.
Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive email updates of any price concessions.
Further information on price concessions and FAQs about the process involved can be found on our website (cpe.org.uk/priceconcessions)
Improvements to the price concession system
Following significant concerns raised by pharmacies about the unsustainable level of prices imposed by DHSC in second half of 2022, it was agreed that an urgent review of the price concession setting system would take place.
Since this announcement, we have sent a strong and clear message back to Government that pharmacies cannot continue to subsidise the NHS medicines bill. Following the review of the concessionary price process, a package of measures has been developed to improve the system.
One of the solutions agreed between us and DHSC is that from 1st April 2023, all products granted a concessionary price will be classified as ‘Discount Not Deducted’ for the month(s) in which they are on concession.
Furthermore, from May 2023, DHSC has implemented a process to roll over prices to the following month for any concessions requested after the 23rd of the month provided these prices were agreed with us. We are also continuing to work with DHSC on how a ‘retrospective increased payment’ my apply, when appropriate. Further information regarding this concession ‘top-up’ mechanism will be issued once details are finalised.