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12 more concessionary prices announced for January

The Department of Health and National Assembly for Wales have agreed concessionary prices for a further 12 items for January 2018 prescriptions.

An initial 40 items received concessionary prices for January, followed by a further 16 items in a separate announcement last week.

Drug
Strength
Form
Price
Bicalutamide
50mg
Tablets (28)
£14.50
Bicalutamide
150mg
Tablets (28)
£23.00
Eplerenone
50mg
Tablets (28)
£8.29
Levetiracetam
250mg
Tablets (60)
£18.00
Levetiracetam
750mg
Tablets (60)
£51.95
Levetiracetam
1g
Tablets (60)
£50.00
Oxazepam
10mg
Tablets (28)
£1.25
Oxazepam
15mg
Tablets (28)
£13.23
Tolterodine
1mg
Tablets (56)
£2.01
Topiramate
25mg
Tablets (60)
£10.00
Topiramate
50mg
Tablets (60)
£20.00
Topiramate
100mg
Tablets (60)
£40.00
7 Comments
Question: 
Are there any items that you are waiting to receive concessionary prices for?

Adam Hall, Community pharmacist

Sadly, this is likely to encourage more CCGs to use branded generics #lineGPpockets

Sh Mustafi, Pharmacy Buyer

Fair point Adam but the government can’t pay for generic medication when there’s a cheaper option. They have a duty to the tax payer or do you think more expensive medication should be paid for to protect the profits of pharmacy owners. 

A B, Community pharmacist

 

Branded generics are not a sustainable long term solution. It can lead to supply problems and doesn’t encourage pharmacies to shop around to get the best deal, which ultimately drives down the price to the NHS. I’m not a contractor so my views are not entirely based on my personal profits.

 

, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Another good point , however look at the number of generic medication that’s out of stock 

A B, Community pharmacist

That is true, and they seem to magically appear back in stock when a price concession is granted. There must be someone/some people in the supply chain that are making a fortune from these artificially made stock shortages. 

However, I still don't think branded generic prescribing is the answer. 

Take lidocaine patches as an example. At the moment our area prescribes as Ralvo, which is out of stock and only come through AAH. Grunenthal also make Versatis, exactly the same product and packaging yet this is available but we have to get the script change in order to supply. Same can be said about morningside making Sukkarto and a generic metformin version that are indistinguishable from each other. 

Also, I know it has been argued that some pharmacies have made /are making excessive profits from the NHS but it cannot be allowed for a pharmacy to have to dispense at a loss after discount deductions as is often the case with branded generics. 

Sachin Badiani, Pharmacy owner/ Proprietor

A few branded generics in our CCG area were/are out of stock:

1) Zapain Capsules (Co-codamol Capsules)

2) Ipinnia 6 XL and 8 XL (Ropinirole MR)

Sh Mustafi, Pharmacy Buyer

Fantastic 

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