September concessionary prices announced

The Department of Health and National Assembly for Wales have agreed concessionary prices for the following items for September 2017 prescriptions.

Drug
Strength
Form
Price
Anastrozole
1mg
tablets (28)
£14.45
Atorvastatin
80mg
tablets (28)
£2.20
Buspirone
10mg
tablets (30)
£9.00
Chlorpromazine
25mg
tablets (28)
£32.20
Chlorpromazine
100mg
tablets (28)
£35.00
Citalopram
10mg
tablets (28)
£1.58
Citalopram
20mg
tablets (28)
£2.30
Citalopram
40mg
tablets (28)
£2.60
Diamorphine
30mg
powder for solution for injection ampoules (5)
£16.52
Gabapentin
300mg
capsules (100)
£13.95
Hydroxychloroquine
200mg
tablets (60)
£16.50
Levetiracetam
1g
tablets (60)
£92.50
Levetiracetam
250mg
tablets (60)
£27.50
Levetiracetam
500mg
tablets (60)
£49.32
Mefenamic acid
500mg
tablets (28)
£55.00
Olanzapine
2.5mg
tablets (28)
£16.49
Olanzapine
5mg
tablets (28)
£32.25
Olanzapine
7.5mg
tablets (28)
£52.44
Olanzapine
10mg
tablets (28)
£65.00
Olanzapine
15mg
tablets (28)
£84.50
Olanzapine
20mg
tablets (28)
£108.99
Oxazepam
10mg
tablets (28)
£18.49
Oxazepam
15mg
tablets (28)
£18.49
Pramipexole
88 micrograms
tablets (30)
£13.50
Quetiapine
25mg
tablets (60)
£24.95
Quetiapine
100mg
tablets (60)
£70.00
Quetiapine
150mg
tablets (60)
£72.00
Quetiapine
200mg
tablets (60)
£71.00
Rasagiline
1mg
tablets (28)
£13.95
Rizatriptan
10mg
tablets (3)
£13.37
Sodium cromoglicate
0.02
eye drops (13.5ml)
£9.72
Sumatriptan
50mg
tablets (6)
£15.00
Sumatriptan
100mg
tablets (6)
£22.00
Terbinafine
250mg
tablets (14)
£12.49
Trimethoprim
50mg/5ml
oral suspension sugar-free (100ml)
£3.99
Valsartan
40mg
capsules (28)
£5.37
Valsartan
80mg
capsules (28)
£11.43
Valsartan
160mg
capsules (28)
£14.95
Vitamin B Co Strong
-
tablets (28)
£5.50
Zolmitriptan
2.5mg
orodispersible tablets sugar-free (6)
£18.27
Zolmitriptan
2.5mg
tablets (6)
£18.00
2 Comments
Question: 
Which of these medicines do you dispense most often?

David Sarabowski, Locum pharmacist

WRT Alliance Supply Failure.

Even if we ignore the fact that a major multinational company with a monopoly on certain NHS supplies has no effective contingency plans for a failure of a single piece of machinery (air conditioning I am told), their handling of the situation since then has been farcical. As per the e-mailed instructions, I diverted everything possible elsewhere, and e-mailed twice on Tuesday morning with a total of 4 lines not available elsewhere. On Tuesday at approx 3pm I received an apologetic call from customer services, who had just been handed a copy of my e-mail sent at 9.16 am . I was promised delivery this morning (Wednesday), and also reverted to normal ordering as I was told they would be back to normal today. This afternoon I received the emergency supplies duly labelled for delivery Wednesday morning, and nothing else. The driver also inormed me that tomorrow we will receive last Thursdays order, which I have just re-ordered. Alliance are apparently working backwards to clear the backlog, i.e. the most recent orders are being done first and the oldest ones last. 

If this was a script for "The Office" it would be rejected as too farcical. I trust the DOH will be reviewing the use of single supplier contracts. It has the power to stop these overnight, and the department should put the health of the public ahead of the companies' profits. 

Syd Bashford, Community pharmacist

No pregabalin yet????

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