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Final 33 concessionary prices announced for November

The Department of Health and Social Care and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed concessionary prices for the following 33 items for November 2018 prescriptions.

An initial 20 concessionary prices were announced on November 21, followed by a further 16 announced on November 26. 

Drug
Strength
Form
Price
Carvedilol
25mg
tablets (28)
£5.65
Clomipramine
50mg
capsules (28)
£2.30
Co-amoxiclav
500mg/125mg
tablets (21)
£2.93
Dosulepin
75mg
tablets (28)
£11.00
Furosemide
20mg
tablets (28)
£1.95
Furosemide
40mg
tablets (28)
£2.92
Ibandronic acid
50mg
tablets (28)
£18.55
Levetiracetam
100mg/ml
sugar-free oral solution (300)
£20.34
Lofepramine
70mg
tablets (56)
£16.56
Losartan
25mg
tablets (28)
£4.62
Losartan
50mg
tablets (28)
£4.45
Losartan
100mg
tablets (28)
£7.17
Naproxen
250mg
gastro-resistant tablets (56)
£5.94
Naproxen
250mg
tablets (28)
£2.25
Naproxen
500mg
tablets (28)
£5.61
Nebivolol
5mg
tablets (28)
£6.32
Ondansetron
4mg
tablets (10)
£10.75
Propranolol
80mg
tablets (56)
£2.93
Quetiapine
25mg
tablets (60)
£4.69
Quetiapine
100mg
tablets (60)
£12.40
Quetiapine
200mg
tablets (60)
£19.62
Risperidone
1mg
tablets (20)
£2.39
Risperidone
2mg
tablets (60)
£11.37
Risperidone
3mg
tablets (60)
£26.99
Risperidone
4mg
tablets (60)
£27.06
Risperidone
500 micrograms
tablets (20)
£1.75
Sevelamer
800mg
tablets (180)
£62.99
Telmisartan
20mg
tablets (28)
£1.81
Telmisartan
40mg
tablets (28)
£2.43
Telmisartan
80mg
tablets (28)
£8.67
Temazepam
10mg
tablets (28)
£4.44
Topiramate
25mg
tablets (60)
£5.34
Topiramate
100mg
tablets (60)
£20.27
10 Comments
Question: 
Do these prices reflect the ones you have paid in November?

Uday Thakrar, Community pharmacist

PSNC needs to sort this out. Currently Naproxen 500mg is £8.50 or more per pack of 28 from wholesalers. We do not know when the concession will be granted and at what price. We mad a loss on every Latanoprost prescription last month as we could not buy it below £9.50. Also amount of lines which are not available and time taken to fax out prescription so we can get Madopar etc. is taking at lease an hour a day. The cutbacks could only be managed by reducing staff so the burden is growing every day from every angle.

Richard MacLeavy, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Take a tip from the multiples - they are simply out of stock and direct all these loss making scripts to independants.

NIRMAL BAJARIA, Superintendent Pharmacist

PSNC have time to discuss Brexit issues with DH but no time to emphasise this dire situation of drug pricing. Seriously someone capable needs to unite the profession and form a group that can get answers from DH. There’s not much time. 

N patel , Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Unfortunately for is psnc * they wont do anything fpr independent contractors...we are just meat to be fed into the try gettin a sensoble answer from psnc and they will hide behond commercial confidentiality

*This comment has been edited in line with C+D's community principles.

Dave Downham, Manager

Couldn't C+D edit this to be in line with community's grammar and spelling as well?

Adam Hall, Community pharmacist

In addition to other comments on availability, how can you manage you business if you don't know if you will be reimbursed?

Really? Wow, Superintendent Pharmacist

I think someone needs to show where these medicines are available at these prices?! I use more than 7 wholesalers, in two buying groups and shop around on top... and for most of these I have not been able to find prices near these at all. 

PSNC just need to say no...!

N patel , Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Why are the PSNC not causin an almighty fuss about how the DoH is deliberately (possibly) granting concession prices at way below what we are paying for them......oops forgot that the PSNC is about as useful as a one legged man at an arse kicking contest......is that politically incorrect?????... will this post get moderated????????????

N patel , Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

can someone please let me know where i can get naproxen at concession prices...either i am not an astute buyer or i have nor got enough wholesaler accounts( 7 and counting) to look around and get stocks at this price

A B, Community pharmacist

From what I have been told the price is taken accross the month as an average depending on what contractors have reported using the PSNC online generic price reporting tool e.g. if naproxen 500 was £5 per pack at the start of the month and is now £10 then they will give a concession price of £7.50. It is not a snap shot of this moment in time. 

I know the system stinks but I'm just relaying what I have been told by the PSNC. If we don't report prices using the online tool then they have no evidence to negotiate a good concession price.

 

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