Drug Tariff News

3rd July 2023 - Source: Amanda Chell

June Drug Tariff News

 Additions to Part 2

 10 items have been added to Part 2 of the June Drug Tariff. Ones which I think you may find of interest are:

  • Chlortalidone 50mg tablets
  • Hydrocortisone 10mg soluble tablets sugar free
  • Hydrocortisone 2.5mg tablets

Generally, items which fall into Part 2 of the Drug Tariff have no wholesaler discount, you are potentially dispensing at a loss. You may consider sending the prescription away to a local Pharmacy to be dispensed.

Additions to Part 8a

 Only 2 items have been added to the June Drug Tariff- these two are:

  • Colecalciferol 15,000units/5ml oral solution sugar free – this product has gone into the Drug Tariff as a category A and a reimbursement price of £144.00 for 100ml. This item can be purchased significantly cheaper than tariff price making a healthy profit.
  • Ondansetron 8mg/5ml oral solution sugar free has gone into the Drug Tariff as a Category C item with the reimbursement price of £130.46 for 100ml. Currently purchase price is tariff price and there doesn’t appear to be any wholesaler discount.

Additions to Part 16

 Included in Part 16 is the list of medicines covered by the HRT PPC

2 items have been added to the list of items classed as HRT and which can be included on the HRT Prepayment certificate – see below:

 Intrarosa (Prasterone 6.5mg) pessary.

  • Livial (Tibolone 2.5mg) Tablets

 Deletions to Part 8a

 16 items have been deleted from Part 8a of the June Drug Tariff- ones which I think you will find of interest are:

  • Chlorhexidine gluconate 0.015% / Cetrimide 0.15% solution 25ml sachets – more commonly known as Sterets Tisept. These were discontinued in December 2022.
  • Co-amoxiclav 125mg/31mg/5ml oral suspension – this was discontinued in March 2022.
  • Lidocaine 0.66% / Aminoacridine 0.05% oromucosal gel sugar free – more commonly known as Iglu. Iglu was discontinued in November 2022.

Items which have been removed from the Drug Tariff part 8A can still be prescribed and dispensed but you will need to endorse the prescription with manufacturer, pack size and price paid.

Other Changes to Part 8a

 9 items are listed in ‘Other Changes, below are a few items which you may find of interest:

  • Budesonide 2mg foam enema now reads Budesonide 2mg/application foam enema. This is still a Category C item with the reimbursement price based on Budenofalk. If prescribing generically you will need to ensure the item is prescribed correctly as per Drug Tariff as if not, the item may get returned back to you.
  • Tramadol 100mg and 200mg modified-release capsules have both remained as a Category C item but Zamadol SR has been added as the manufacturer who the price is based on.
  • Urea 5% / Lauromacrogols 3% cream again has remained as a Category C but the reimbursement price has increased from £14.99 – £17.77. (The reimbursement price is now based on E45 Itch Relief).