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Concessionary prices agreed for 8 pregabalin strengths

concessionary prices pregabalin september

Eight strengths of pregabalin have been included in the fourth concessionary price announcement of September.

The prices range from £7.50 for 56 25mg capsules, to £12 for 84 200mg capsules, the Department of Health and National Assembly for Wales announced yesterday (September 25).

The new pregabalin prices come a month after the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee said “hundreds” of reports from contractors about disproportionate pricing had led to pregabalin being granted an initial concessionary price.

Pregabalin entered category M in August, a month after it came off patent for the treatment of neuropathic pain.

The latest concessionary prices are listed below, with initial prices for the month announced on September 12, September 15 and September 20.

Drug
Strength
Form
Price
Amiloride
5mg
tablets (28)
£9.25
Chlorpromazine
50mg
tablets (28)
£28.00
Pregabalin
25mg
capsules (56)
£7.50
Pregabalin
50mg
capsules (84)
£11.70
Pregabalin
75mg
capsules (56)
£7.75
Pregabalin
100mg
capsules (84)
£9.50
Pregabalin
150mg
capsules (56)
£8.50
Pregabalin
200mg
capsules (84)
£12.00
Pregabalin
225mg
capsules (56)
£8.95
Pregabalin
300mg
capsules (56)
£9.95
4 Comments
Question: 
What price are wholesalers offering pregabalin for?

Susan M Shepherd, Community pharmacist

Why are contractors in Scotland and England being paid different concessionary/adjusted prices for the same drugs and for different drugs, despite the Deprtment of Health negotiating with both CPS and PSNC? Supply and price issues are a common problem, so why are the organisations not getting their heads together and working to get the best deal for contractors both north and south of the border.

Why are CPS able to get the adjusted prices to last more than 1 month, unlike the PSNC?

Farhat Ahmed, Locum pharmacist

On a different drug, can anybody obtain amlodipine for 70p?

to my knowledge this went up to £3 for 28 tablets, the price has now started dropping. Are PSNC waiting till it comes back down to DT price and then will they turn a blind eye to the fact that it went up, or are they waiting for it to drop a little lower before they agree a concession. Will they then turn a blind eye to the fact that some contractors will have paid £3 earlier in the month.

Farhat Ahmed, Locum pharmacist

PSNC have advised me that the concession prices are worked out based on prices from FIRST line wholesalers such as AAH, ALLIANCE, PHOENIX and on products that are FULLY LICENSED i.e on pregabalin that is licensed for neuropathic pain.

I have listed below the prices from my first line wholesaler and the products that they have available, the prices in bold are the ones that AAH are charging in excess of the concession

Pregabalin 100mg capsules(new)84    £9.50 con price, £11.58AAH PRICE

Pregabalin 150mg capsules(new)56  £8.50 con price, £16.96 AAH PRICE

Pregabalin 200mg  capsules(new)84£12.00

Pregabalin 225mg capsules(new)56   £8.95con price, £9.95 AAH PRICE

Pregabalin 25mg capsules(new)56   £7.50 con price, £10.20 AAH PRICE

Pregabalin 300mg capsules(new)56  £9.95 con price, £19.95 AAH PRICE

Pregabalin 50mg capsules(new)84£11.70

Pregabalin 75mg capsules(new)56   £7.75 con price £11.90 AAH PRICE

 I am trying to challenge the feasibilty of the this price concession with PSNC but do not have any additional evidence on prices.

If your first line wholesaler is charging more than the concession price I would greatly appreciate the information.

 

SydBashford Sold&Retired&DeRegistered, Community pharmacist

.......PHEW !!! 'bout time too...

 

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