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Naproxen 500mg among final 27 price concessions for January

The Department of Health and Social Care and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed concessionary prices for a final 27 items for January 2019 prescriptions.

An initial 30 prices for the month were announced on January 21, followed by a further 23 prices on January 25.

C+D reported last week that contractors have been experiencing shortages of a growing range of medicines, including naproxen.

Drug
Strength
Form
Price
Candesartan
8mg
tablets (28)
£4.57
Candesartan
16mg
tablets (28)
£4.22
Citalopram
40mg/ml
sugar-free oral drops (15)
£10.46
Clomipramine
10mg
capsules (28)
£1.95
Clomipramine
50mg
capsules (28)
£4.12
Desmopressin
200 micrograms
tablets (30)
£9.21
Glimepiride
4mg
tablets (30)
£3.52
Irbesartan
150mg
tablets (28)
£3.19
Irbesartan
300mg
tablets (28)
£3.58
Lercanidipine
20mg
tablets (28)
£4.98
Mefenamic acid
500mg
tablets (28)
£30.42
Metoprolol
50mg
tablets (28)
£2.78
Metronidazole
400mg
tablets (21)
£9.23
Naproxen
250mg
gastro-resistant tablets (56)
£9.52
Naproxen
500mg
tablets (28)
£12.60
Nebivolol
5mg
tablets (28)
£4.93
Nortriptyline
25mg
tablets (100)
£10.02
Ondansetron
4mg
tablets (10)
£8.78
Orlistat
120mg
capsules (84)
£26.40
Perindopril erbumine
8mg
tablets (30)
£3.10
Quetiapine
100mg
tablets (60)
£9.80
Quetiapine
200mg
tablets (60)
£25.77
Risperidone
1mg
tablets (20)
£4.69
Sevelamer
800mg
tablets (180)
£111.01
Telmisartan
80mg
tablets (28)
£8.30
Topiramate
50mg
tablets (60)
£11.50
Topiramate
100mg
tablets (60)
£20.96
7 Comments
Question: 
Do these prices reflect the ones you have paid in January?

SIMON MEDLEY, Community pharmacist

I reckon most of my purchase profits  have  been wiped out since july

Peed Off Superintendent, Superintendent Pharmacist

Thanks for supplying the final prices for January on the 1st Feb. Am I missing something or is the entire system of NCSO not fit for purpose. How about providing the prices for Febuary on the 1st Feb!!!!! Thanks PSNC for nothing!

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Concession price:

Naproxen 500mg tablets (28) £12.60 + 8% discount deducted at NHSBSA = £11.59

Wholesaler price:

NAPROXEN TAB 500MG [AAH] 28  15.00 + no discount as this is a NCSO product.

Net loss/ 28 tabs = £ 3.41

Just imagine even a smallest pharmacy with just 10 patients on Naproxen 500mg X 56 tablets will lose 20 * £3.41 = £ 68.20 PER MONTH for just one product.

Now calculate the whole basket of NCSO drugs and decide for yourselves if it is a fair deal, especially for small single owner independent pharmacies.
 

Independent Dave, Community pharmacist

Yep, well money is being taken from community to fund “clinical” pharmacists and other areas of the nhs, as internet pharmacies are way more efficient and truly provide a personal service.....no problems at all. What’s funny is I explain the situation about the government wanting pharmacies closed down, most patients don’t believe me, simply because it makes no sense, yet it’s all just being swept under the carpet. This government is constantly being advised poorly and our bodies aren’t doing near enough to save us from extinction.  Ohh but don’t worry, boots, Lloyds and Rowlands will still be around...they’ll somehow find a way to thrive during these efficiencies, can’t put my finger on why? 

A B, Community pharmacist

AAH is the worst , I doubt any pharmacy who relies on them for their generics is still trading unless they are a Lloyds branch. 

I agree with you that NCSO items should be classified as ZD for that month if there is no discount from the wholesaler. But this has been a problem for years for appliances and no change has happened, so can't see anything being done.

N patel , Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

OUUUUUUCH..FEEL THE PAIN.....WHERE DO THEY GET THESE PRICES FROM

C A, Community pharmacist

It seems to be an average - 

Price 1/1/19 £12.60 price 31/1/19 £18.60  -

£12.60 + £18.60 / 2 = £15.60 

Enjoy your NCSO pharmacy 

DoH

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