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Naproxen 250mg among 23 further price concessions for January

The Department of Health and Social Care and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed concessionary prices for the following 23 items for January 2019 prescriptions.

An initial 30 items received concessionary prices on January 21, including packs of 56 naproxen 500mg gastro-resistant tablets.

Drug
Strength
Form
Price
Amiloride
5mg
tablets (28)
£10.20
Brimonidine
0.2%
eye drops (5)
£3.03
Bumetanide
1mg
tablets (28)
£1.95
Carvedilol
3.125mg
tablets (28)
£0.86
Carvedilol
6.25mg
tablets (28)
£0.90
Carvedilol
25mg
tablets (28)
£1.38
Dosulepin
25mg
capsules (28)
£3.00
Fluoxetine
20mg
capsules (30)
£1.05
Glyceryl trinitrate
400 micrograms
dose pump sublingual spray (200)
£2.15
Hydroxocobalamin
1mg/1ml
solution for injection ampoules (5)
£9.70
Lercanidipine
10mg
tablets (28)
£2.78
Levetiracetam
100mg/ml
sugar-free oral solution (300)
£17.50
Lofepramine
70mg
tablets (56)
£17.20
Naproxen
250mg
tablets (28)
£6.30
Nortriptyline
10mg
tablets (100)
£8.00
Propranolol
80mg
tablets (56)
£2.30
Quetiapine
25mg
tablets (60)
£4.50
Quetiapine
300mg
tablets (60)
£13.00
Ramipril
10mg
tablets (28)
£4.49
Temazepam
10mg
tablets (28)
£1.46
Valsartan
80mg
tablets (28)
£7.25
Valsartan
160mg
capsules (28)
£9.53
Valsartan/ hydrochlorothiazide
160mg/12.5mg
tablets (28)
£4.17
9 Comments
Question: 
Do these prices reflect the ones you have paid in January so far?

Charles Whitfield Bott, Pharmacist Director

Fing joke

C A, Community pharmacist

Why is there no B***DY naproxen 500mg on that list?

SIMON MEDLEY, Community pharmacist

 

PSNC indicative income table suggests for november a retained purchase profit of £3694 for 6000 items. I have just calculate mine at MINUS... yes MINUS  £3K.

 

 

Reeyah H, Community pharmacist

For the first in my community pharmacy career, I turned away a naproxen script and asked the patient to get Dr to change to diclofenac. We aren’t running a charity! 

Fiona Wyborn, Community pharmacist

And what about naproxen 500? Can't get that at anywhere near tariff. Other lines I have reported also still not on the list- it is all just a joke

Michael Achiampong, Community pharmacist

May I also suggest that the C&D team look at the impact of price concessions across the NHS in England from another source.  That is recent research regarding this very hot topic is now in the public domain courtesy of the EBM [evidence-based medicine] datalab; a division of the department of primary care at the University of Oxford.

I have wondered how many frontline pharmacist and technicians might be aware of a workstream coordinated by the European Industrial Pharmacists Group (EIPG)? One particular research question being investigated is the link between generic reimbursement prices and medicine shortages. This workstream [the COST action working party no.3 reference 15105] are also suggesting practical measures to minimise the adverse impact of shortages on patients.  

Finally for now, the American Society of Healthsystem Pharmacy [ASHP] have extensive resources regarding practical measures to manage drug shortages in the USA. The ASHP summary is that drug shortages harms patients!

N patel , Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Lions led by donkeys....cant even get naproxen 250 at less than 10quid......
Me thinks that someone at DoH doesn't like pharmacy much

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Disasterous list of concessions. Buy for £10 ++ and get back £6.30 (minus the 7 or 8 % discount deducted before payment) Why NCSO items are not considered for Discount Not Deducted products list by the NHSBSA?? Can the editor do some research on this. It is very important at this stage, since the DoH is taking manufaturers prices rather than the Wholesale price, which is more than double the concessionary price and no discount whatsoever.

Ashley Cohen, Community pharmacist

Couldn't agree more. There is a massive opportunity for the C&D to do some forensic investigative journalism that is right at the heart of Community Pharmacy and look into the void which is price concessions. 

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