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Another 20 concessionary prices announced for October

The Department of Health and Social Care and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed concessionary prices for the following 20 items for October 2018 prescriptions.

An initial nine concessionary prices for October were announced last week, with a further 15 agreed on Monday.

 
Drug
Strength
Form
Price
Allopurinol
100mg
tablets (28)
£2.54
Allopurinol
300mg
tablets (28)
£5.83
Furosemide
40mg
tablets (28)
£2.49
Lamotrigine
50mg
tablets (56)
£8.95
Lamotrigine
100mg
tablets (56)
£20.76
Lamotrigine
200mg
tablets (56)
£24.17
Lercanidipine
10mg
tablets (28)
£4.02
Lercanidipine
20mg
tablets (28)
£7.87
Losartan
50mg
tablets (28)
£1.40
Naproxen
250mg
tablets (28)
£2.30
Nebivolol
5mg
tablets (28)
£6.54
Ondansetron
4mg
tablets (10)
£16.59
Ramipril
2.5mg
tablets (28)
£3.93
Risperidone
1mg
tablets (20)
£4.80
Risperidone
2mg
tablets (60)
£1.80
Risperidone
3mg
tablets (60)
£37.02
Risperidone
4mg
tablets (60)
£25.70
Risperidone
500mcg
tablets (20)
£3.03
Sevelamer
800mg
tablets (180)
£60.02
Telmisartan
40mg
tablets (28)
£9.31
3 Comments
Question: 
Do these prices reflect the ones you paid in October?

Reeyah H, Community pharmacist

I, like many other contractors, paid £3.99 for Furosemide. Some paid much more. I reported it right away to the PSNC. I don’t see the point in reporting if you get less than what you paid for the drug. 

Brian Plainer, Locum pharmacist

Major rant ensues ...

What a preposterous payment model that retail pharmacy is forced to endure - demonstrates how little value successive governments have cared for professionals who keep the populus of this country safe on an ongoing basis - We're not even talking about profit here - this is just tackling reimbursement !!!

What other business would entertain such ramshackle unsustainable dealing ? They simply wouldn't supply. Can you imagine Lord Sugar or Richard Branson operating like this? 

Meanwhile multiples can proliferate this mess to their commercial "advantage?" - stockpiling via vertically integrated wholesale-retail operations that they ultimately control. Still the majority of the remaining independents are supplied by what is effectively their "opposition".

Again - in what other line of business could any CEO entertain being supplied primarily by the opposition? So ,when push comes to shove, like in the present conditions of concessionary pricing - just who is likely to be the primary and preferential client for equitable stock??

Heaven knows what mess our government might hurl at our profession with Brexit (we've already heard the panicky stockpiling scenario of a "no-deal") - combine that with the potential pennance of FMD (financial, scanning-time, more staff ,immediate training,all in physically obstructed space - has anyone actually thought this through?) - this profession is headed for a financial and operational earthquake hit  - unless a metaphorically loaded gun is put against already politically-strangled ministers' heads.

Let's face it - no government (outgoing nor incumbent) will survive if the month-to-month pharmacy supply chain falters for even a day or two - and even if the government had miraculously formulated a secret contingency plan with the likes of the mightiest online selling company to step in and "save the day" - who's to say that even they would have the capacity to "hit the ground running" and deliver an instantly operational pre-constructed model to meet the heavily intricate individual needs of patients that the excellence of our current pharmacy network already provides.

That's the cheery note - it kind of proves how "relatively indispensible" pharmacists and our staff have become - in that we provide a phenomenal yet catastrophically under-valued service day-on-day against ridiculous odds.

It is despicable (and possibly unlawful) , however, UNIFIED threat of strike-action to rectify decades of successive governments financially fraudulent attitudes towards pharmacy might be the necessary weapon to turn this huge iceberg around.

Said it was a massive rant ...

Watto 59, Community pharmacist

Nowhere near in many of these

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