UPDATED: August concessionary prices announced

concessionary prices august

The Department of Health (DH) and National Assembly for Wales have agreed concessionary prices for the following items for August 2017 prescriptions.

Drug
Strength
Form
Price
Betahistine
8mg
tablets (84)
£6.33
Betahistine
16mg
tablets (84)
£11.05
Buspirone
10mg
tablets (30)
£9.00
Dapsone
50mg
tablets (28)
£44.50
Diamorphine
30g
powder for solution for injection ampoules (5)
£16.52
Exemestane
25mg
tablets (30)
£63.50
Levetiracetam
1g
tablets (60)
£95.34
Levetiracetam
250mg
tablets (60)
£28.01
Levetiracetam
500mg
tablets (60)
£49.32
Levetiracetam
750mg
tablets (60)
£61.50
Mefenamic acid
500mg
tablets (28)
£55.00
Olanzapine
2.5mg
tablets (28)
£16.75
Olanzapine
5mg
tablets (28)
£33.25
Olanzapine
7.5mg
tablets (28)
£65.00
Olanzapine
10mg
tablets (28)
£65.00
Olanzapine
15mg
tablets (28)
£85.00
Olanzapine
20mg
tablets (28)
£110.00
Oxazepam
10mg
tablets (28)
£19.97
Oxazepam
15mg
tablets (28)
£19.97
Pramipexole
88mcg
tablets (30)
£13.50
Quetiapine
25mg
tablets (60)
£27.06
Quetiapine
100mg
tablets (60)
£90.48
Quetiapine
200mg
tablets (60)
£90.48
Rizatriptan
10mg
tablets (3)
£13.37
Sodium cromoglicate
2%
eye drops (13.5ml)
£9.72
Sumatriptan
50mg
tablets (6)
£28.00
Sumatriptan
100mg
tablets (6)
£32.00
Tranexamic acid
500mg
tablets (60)
£14.30
Valsartan
40mg
tablets (28)
£7.70
Valsartan
80mg
tablets (28)
£9.99
Valsartan
160mg
tablets (28)
£12.00
Zolmitriptan
2.5mg
orodispersible sugar-free tablets (6)
£17.90
Zolmitriptan
2.5mg
tablets (6)
£18.00

Amendment: The details for quetiapine were amended on August 14 to reflect an update from the DH and the National Assembly for Wales.

9 Comments
Question: 
Which of these medicines do you dispense most often?

Ben Merriman, Community pharmacist

The month's far from over; pregabalin will be given a concessionary price because it can't be obtained at tariff price, but only as long as pharmacies continue to tell PSNC of the prices they are paying!!! Please fill in http://psnc.org.uk/dispensing-supply/supply-chain/supply-issues-feedback/problems-with-obtaining-a-generic-medicine/ to give PSNC a chance to negotiate a price.

Really? Wow, Superintendent Pharmacist

Quetiapine 300mg also is a crazy price

S Morein, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

No pregabalin after all those months of huge excess profits....

Dave Downham, Manager

...all those years of dispensing at a loss as the Pfizer discount was less than clawback.

S Morein, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

Seems you have not heard of the margins survey process undertaken. Any loss in Pfizer products is taken into account but is more than offset by the huge excess profits from other product acquisiton. 

Dave Downham, Manager

I have - it's totally opaque, illogical, unfair and does not take into account dispensing mix for an individual pharmacy.

S Morein, Pharmacy Area manager/ Operations Manager

And its the system agreed by contractors after a vote out the commencement of the new framework. The idea that a national contract with 12000 seperate contracts could ever reflect an indivual pharmacies dispensing mix is a fairy story. There will be some winners and some losers but most will cluster around the median point in a standard distribution curve. However, profits have been vastly under reclaimed by the DH and all contractors have for years been huge winners.

Dave Downham, Manager

If you're going to try and be a smarty pants, please get your nomenclature correct. If I read your nonsense right, I think that you mean a NORMAL distribution. I will pass your reference to median as in the case of a Normal distribution, this coincides with the MEAN. In terms of clustering around the median/mean, the closeness of this will be determined by the standard deviation. What, pray, is seen as acceptable in terms of standard deviation? In any case, your mythical curve is as deluded as your reasoning. 

Dave Downham, Manager

What no pregablin?

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