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Two strengths of ranitidine among final 17 price concessions for May

The Department of Health and Social Care and the National Assembly for Wales have agreed on concessionary prices for the following 17 items for May 2020 prescriptions.

An initial 63 price concessions were announced on May 20.

Drug
Strength
Form
Price
Carbocisteine
375mg
capsules (120)
£6.87
Clarithromycin
250mg/5ml
oral suspension (100ml)
£8.60
Clonidine
25 microgram
tablets (112)
£13.62
Duloxetine
20mg
gastro-resistant capsules (28)
£5.17
Duloxetine
40mg
gastro-resistant capsules (56)
£12.09
Erythromycin
250mg
gastro-resistant tablets (27)
£7.37
Exemestane
25mg
tablets (30)
£61.57
Fenofibrate micronised
267mg
capsules (28)
£4.51
Glycopyrronium bromide
200 micrograms/1ml
solution for injection ampoules (10)
£14.00
Mirtazapine
15mg
orodispersible tablets (28)
£1.97
Mirtazapine
45mg
tablets (28)
£3.10
Mometasone
50 micrograms/dose
nasal spray (140 doses)
£4.99
Nitrofurantoin
50mg
tablets (28)
£14.04
Ranitidine
300mg
tablets (30)
£5.99
Ranitidine
50mg/2ml
solution for injection ampoules (5)
£49.00
Rasagiline
1mg
tablets (28)
£5.17
Senna
7.5mg/5ml
oral solution sugar free (500ml)
£12.93
5 Comments
Question: 
Do these prices reflect what you've paid in May?

Mr E Rash, Community pharmacist

Missed out Ranitidine 150mg tabs at a price of £more expensive than rocking horse poo.

A.S. Singh, Community pharmacist

absolute joke. Do they not understand you cannot agree on prices on the last day of the month?

 

 

A B, Community pharmacist

The PSNC explained to me the reason for late agreement of prices for some items was to ensure they get sufficient data to negociate the best price possible.

I argued that prices need to be agreed earlier to give contractors some sort of stability and knowledge of what remuneration they can expect. A better system in my view would be to agree all NCSOs by say, the 20th of each month. Then if prices go up or down towards the end of the month that can be reflected in next months NCSOs. So in effect the NCSO month would run from 20th-20th. This might sound like a silly or unworkable solution and I'm happy for someone to explain any impracticalities, but something needs to change.

Kav Singh, Community pharmacist

Thats a £3.59 per pack loss on Clonidine then. Thanks DOH.

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Such a shambles. No Ranitidie 150mg tabs, despite the price of whatever left was £8.99 !!!

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