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Naproxen among first 30 price concessions announced for January

The Department of Health and Social Care and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed concessionary prices for the following 30 items for January 2019 prescriptions.

Drug
Strength
Form
Price
Allopurinol
100mg
tablets (28)
£1.70
Allopurinol
300mg
tablets (28)
£3.68
Co-careldopa
25mg/100mg
tablets (100)
£10.69
Diamorphine
10mg
powder for solution for injection ampoules (5)
£16.56
Diamorphine
30mg
powder for solution for injection ampoules (5)
£16.52
Dosulepin
75mg
tablets (28)
£11.00
Furosemide
20mg
tablets (28)
£1.25
Furosemide
40mg
tablets (28)
£2.21
Ibandronic acid
50mg
tablets (28)
£54.22
Latanoprost
50 micrograms/ml
eye drops (2.5)
£7.95
Losartan
25mg
tablets (28)
£5.27
Losartan
50mg
tablets (28)
£4.50
Losartan
100mg
tablets (28)
£6.95
Metronidazole
200mg
tablets (21)
£2.70
Naproxen
500mg
gastro-resistant tablets (56)
£18.01
Nebivolol
2.5mg
tablets (28)
£15.85
Quetiapine
150mg
tablets (60)
£6.60
Ramipril
2.5mg
tablets (28)
£4.15
Ramipril
5mg
tablets (28)
£4.15
Risperidone
500 micrograms
tablets (20)
£2.72
Risperidone
2mg
tablets (60)
£21.00
Risperidone
3mg
tablets (60)
£24.95
Risperidone
4mg
tablets (60)
£31.88
Sodium valproate
200mg/5ml
sugar-free oral solution (300)
£7.00
Sodium valproate
200mg
gastro-resistant tablets (100)
£6.25
Sodium valproate
500mg
gastro-resistant tablets (100)
£17.50
Tadalafil
5mg
tablets (28)
£23.71
Telmisartan
20mg
tablets (28)
£3.80
Telmisartan
40mg
tablets (28)
£6.94
Valsartan
40mg
capsules (28)
£4.49
14 Comments
Question: 
Do these prices reflect what you have paid in January so far?

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Food for thought, what if the differences in cost was passed onto the patient? 

Lucky Ex-Boots Slave, Primary care pharmacist

Don't even think about it. Patients in this country are so spoiled and have been taking everything for granted, expecting everything for free and all their meds ordered automatically, turned up straight away as if there is a big warehouse at the back of every single pharmacy, and ready for them to click-and-collect the second they step into the pharmacy or delivered right to their doorsteps the same day the orders are put in! My argument is always even for Amazon Prime you will have to pay £79 per year and that's for next working day delivery but not same day even! Wales and Scotland have been setting up bad exmaples by providing all and everything for free. Patients have no idea and don't give a single f*** how costly the drugs are. I had encountered on countless occasions that people coming to the counter for advice, I suggested a product and you know what they say? ''I get free prescriptions anyway so I will just ask my doctor to prescribe them for me'' ! 

Uday Thakrar, Community pharmacist

This mechanism is seriously failing. The profit let is so small that you need to at least break even. Not knowing what price will be paid until nearly the end of the month is no longer possible. No business can work like this? we should ask Mr Soni as he mentioned on BBC news that he got Naproxen for £6.99 when I could not get any for £10

Leon The Apothecary, Student

Sangers have had supply this whole time from my explorations.

How High?, Community pharmacist

 

Why are we even carrying this burden? 

Can't get it at DT price then don't wait 4 weeks to find you've been hammered by another bad DoH idea agreed with our next to useleless negotiating body.

Spoken to all the local practices in my area and GPs are prescribing Amias for candesartan and ibuprofen or diclofenac instead of naproxen. 

 

 

Reeyah H, Community pharmacist

So what about the normal naproxen? This is all such a mick take!   

 

C A, Community pharmacist

Just want to say the same! What about naproxen 250mg x 28 and naproxen 500mg x 28????

Lucky Ex-Boots Slave, Primary care pharmacist

They just expect you to suck it all up mate

T Jenns, Community pharmacist

I would like to know where you can buy naproxen, latanaprost, losartan, ramipril tabs, risperidone, tadalafil, telmisartan and valsartan at these prices- because I can't. It doesn't seem a very fair contract when  we are required to supply drugs- at a loss- and not know what we get paid till after we have supplied them. This cannot be allowed to continue much longer.

A B, Community pharmacist

Sigma have got some of those above at less than concessionary price, maybe give them or colorama a try.

It's like trying to buy stocks and shares these days with generics

Lucky Ex-Boots Slave, Primary care pharmacist

the nhs simply don't want to fund community anymore. The ship is sinking or has already sunken. Get out of it while you still can mate

Lucky Ex-Boots Slave, Primary care pharmacist

Only 500mg g/r covered so they expect you to suck it all up on other strengths and formulations! Oh wait lemme do the maths - so paying out £19.89 (alliance) or £27 (aah) to get paid back £18.01. Sounds pretty worth it and very 'profitable'! Pharmacists will soon pay to work but not work to get paid! May as well close the pharmacy down and open a grocery store instead.  At least you won't get ''customers'' yelling at you when they run out of food and blaming you for not reminding them to come in to buy their food beforehand! You can probably even charge them at an overpriced price tag when Brexit kicks in to earn even more money because of all the shortages! Win-win I'd say!

A B, Community pharmacist

If you are buying generics from AAH you might as well give up now

N patel , Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Yeuuuch
Please try and get some of these products at on below concessionary pricesthen please let us know where to obtain
hey ho off i go to lie in a dark room

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