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PSNC still not agreed new price concession system as 15 more announced

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PSNC: We want any new approach to ensure contractors are fairly reimbursed
PSNC: We want any new approach to ensure contractors are fairly reimbursed

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has still not agreed the new approach to setting price concessions, despite another 15 items being announced for April.

In January, PSNC said it had “discussed proposals from the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) to change the system for setting price concessions” at a committee meeting.

The negotiator agreed “key principles” for a “fair” system of price concessions, including that “any data used to set prices must relate to the period for which a concession is given”, and “PSNC must be able to challenge proposed price concessions”, it said at the time.

The DH has been trialling the new approach “since the start of the year”, based on “manufacturer prices rather than wholesaler prices”, PSNC director of pharmacy funding Mike Dent told C+D last week (April 19).

However, the DH “has not sought PSNC’s approval and we have not agreed the new approach”, he stressed.

Mr Dent is “not able to discuss any further details of the approach being trialled, but PSNC wants any new approach to ensure contractors are fairly reimbursed”, he added.

The DH told C+D it has been working with both PSNC and “the British Generic Manufacturers Association to ensure reimbursement prices, including concessionary prices, reflect the market as closely as possible”.

Further 15 prices agreed for April

An initial 13 items received concessionary prices for April last week and the DH and National Assembly for Wales have today agreed another 15 (see below).

“Changes to category M prices for this quarter have led to a reduced number of requests being sent to DH this month,” Mr Dent said.

Drug
Strength
Form
Price
Aripiprazole
10mg
tablets (28)
£3.05
Bicalutamide
150mg
tablets (28)
£16.94
Co-codamol
30mg/500mg
capsules (100)
£4.50
Glimepiride
1mg
tablets (30)
£2.22
Irbesartan
150mg
tablets (28)
£5.12
Irbesartan
75mg
tablets (28)
£2.40
Mirtazapine
15mg
orodispersible tablets (30)
£1.50
Mirtazapine
45mg
orodispersible tablets (30)
£2.00
Oxybutynin
5mg
tablets (56)
£1.87
Perindopril erbumine
2mg
tablets (30)
£4.13
Perindopril erbumine
4mg
tablets (30)
£3.30
Perindopril erbumine
8mg
tablets (30)
£5.85
Pioglitazone
30mg
tablets (28)
£14.85
Topiramate
50mg
tablets (60)
£9.50
Venlafaxine
75mg
tablets (56)
£5.68
1 Comments
Question: 
Do these prices reflect what you have paid in April so far?

Brian Austen, Senior Management

This is an indication at how successful the PSNC are at negotiation. When ever I think of the PSNC negotiating with NHS England I see a vision in my head of a man taking his dog by the lead for a walk. The dog is very obedient!

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