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PSNC criticises concession delays as 15 prices announced for February

PSNC: Medicine supply and pricing issues continue to put enormous pressure on contractors
PSNC: Medicine supply and pricing issues continue to put enormous pressure on contractors

The Department of Health and Social Care (DH) and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed further concessionary prices for 15 items for February 2018 prescriptions.

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) said it is "pleased" that another 15 items have been granted concessionary prices for February (see below).

However, "the time being taken to make concession announcements" is adding to the "enormous pressure" contractors are facing, PSNC director of pharmacy funding Mike Dent stressed.

The negotiator announced last month that the DH is trialling a new concessionary prices system, "based on gathering timely data from manufacturers".

"PSNC will continue to press the need for improvements to the system to be made," Mr Dent said in a statement last Friday (March 9).

"Contractors must not carry unreasonable costs on behalf of the NHS."

Drug
Strength
Form
Price
Amiloride
5mg
tablets (28)
£3.00
Aripiprazole
10mg
tablets (28)
£4.71
Aripiprazole
15mg
tablets (28)
£4.35
Digoxin
62.5 micrograms
tablets (28)
£1.35
Duloxetine
20mg
gastro-resistant capsules (28)
£7.50
Duloxetine
30mg
gastro-resistant capsules (28)
£3.95
Duloxetine
60mg
gastro-resistant capsules (28)
£6.10
Eplerenone
50mg
tablets (28)
£8.90
Irbesartan
150mg
tablets (28)
£3.95
Oxazepam
10mg
tablets (28)
£12.50
Oxazepam
15mg
tablets (28)
£12.00
Pregabalin
25mg
capsules (56)
£4.91
Topiramate
25mg
tablets (60)
£6.00
Topiramate
50mg
tablets (60)
£13.05
Topiramate
100mg
tablets (60)
£24.50

An initial 38 items received February concessionary prices on February 26, followed by a further 16 announced the following week.

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