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DHSC implements process to roll over eligible price concessions from May

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Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has implemented a process to roll over certain concessionary prices to the following month.

From May 2023, the roll over process will apply to any products where agreement is reached on the final prices granted by DHSC for any price concession requests submitted late in the month (on or after the 23rd of the month) by Community Pharmacy England.

Community Pharmacy England said: “As part of the Year 4 & 5 funding settlement for community pharmacy, it was agreed that an urgent review of the price concession setting system would take place.”

It has been working with DHSC to determine improvements to the price concession system.

The following price concessions granted in May 2023 have rolled over to June 2023:

Drug Pack Size Price concession
Chloramphenicol 0.5% eye drops 10 £9.68
Chlorphenamine 2mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 150 £3.04
Clotrimazole 500mg pessary and Clotrimazole 2% cream 1 £10.35
Lansoprazole 30mg orodispersible tablets 28 £5.52
Methylphenidate 10mg tablets 30 £3.08
Venlafaxine 150mg modified-release capsules 28 £4.98
Venlafaxine 150mg modified-release tablets 30 £4.85
Venlafaxine 75mg modified-release tablets 30 £2.95

Community Pharmacy England said: “Pharmacy owners (members) will be able to see the lines that have rolled over on our price concessions page here. Please note any rolled over prices can be adjusted upwards if we receive reports from our members to indicate suppliers’ selling prices have increased. The review can be requested at any point during the month.”

“One of the earlier changes agreed between Community Pharmacy England and DHSC was that all products granted a concessionary price will be classified as ‘Discount Not Deducted’ for the month(s) in which they are on concession. From 1 April 2023, a new Group Items category has been added to Part II of the Drug Tariff for ‘Drugs for which discount is not deducted’.

A further solution recently announced by DHSC to help improve current the price concession system includes a ‘retrospective increased payment’ which may apply, when appropriate. We are continuing to seek further improvements to the price concession system.”

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