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HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 30 March 2016

Department of Health sets out its proposals for ‘hub-and-spoke’ dispensing

29 March 2016, The Pharmaceutical Journal

 

The Department of Health has launched a consultation on a proposal to allow independent pharmacies to make use of ‘hub-and-spoke’ dispensing. Under the proposal, independent ‘spoke’ pharmacies could make use of ‘hub’ pharmacies that are part of a separate business. The Department of Health is seeking evidence to determine whether it would be more efficient and safer than traditional dispensing.

 

Government outlines plans to print price of drugs on dispensing labels

29 March 2016, The Pharmaceutical Journal

 

The Department of Health also launched a consultation on a proposal to include the cost of drugs to the NHS on drugs labels. Under this scheme, all medicines costing more than £20 dispensed by the NHS would be labelled with their cost and a statement explaining how the medicine is paid for. The consultation will run until 17 May 2016.

 

You can access the Pharmacy dispensing models and displaying prices on medicines consultation here.

Parliamentary Coverage

 

Healthcare Distribution Association launched at parliamentary reception

30 March 2016, David Amess

 

After attending the launch of HDA UK, David Amess (MP) has posted this on his website.

 

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Department of Health sets out its proposals for ‘hub-and-spoke’ dispensing

29 March 2016, The Pharmaceutical Journal

 

The Department of Health (DH) is seeking views on proposals to allow independent pharmacies to make use of ‘hub-and-spoke’ dispensing.

 

Such models involve use of a ‘hub’ pharmacy to dispense medicines on a large scale, with ‘spoke’ pharmacies – which currently have to be part of the same pharmacy business – used to supply the medicines to patients.

 

The DH wants to amend the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 and Section 10 of the Medicines Act 1968 to make it possible for independent ‘spoke’ pharmacies to make use of ‘hub’ pharmacy services that are part of a separate business. Under the proposals, the ‘hub’ and the ‘spoke’ operations would both continue to be registered pharmacies.

 

The DH acknowledges that different models of ‘hub-and-spoke’ dispensing may develop but says that patients should have access to a pharmacist under any model.

 

As part of the consultation, the DH is seeking evidence as to whether the ‘hub-and-spoke’ concept is more efficient, cost saving and/or safer than traditional dispensing models. It says it will work with regulators to develop the regulatory framework needed for ‘hub-and-spoke’ dispensing and acknowledges that issues such as responsibility, accountability and liability will need to be addressed.

 

The consultation also covers government proposals to permit dispensing labels to include the indicative cost of a medicine; and to clarify dispensing label requirements, including those that relate to monitored dosage systems and products supplied under patient group directions.

 

The consultation, launched jointly with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, will run for eight weeks until 17 May 2016.

 

Government outlines plans to print price of drugs on dispensing labels

29 March 2016, The Pharmaceutical Journal

 

The Department of Health (DH) has begun consulting on its proposal to include the cost of drugs to the NHS on dispensing labels.

 

Under the scheme, all medicines costing more than £20 dispensed by the NHS in England would be labelled with their cost as well as a statement about how the medicine is paid for, such as “funded by the taxpayer”.

 

The plans were first announced by health secretary Jeremy Hunt during a speech in July 2015. The government now wants to amend the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 to pave the way for the scheme to be implemented in England.

 

It says the scheme is intended to reduce medicine wastage and improve adherence. The DH acknowledges that it is a “complex issue” in its consultation documents, but says making people aware of the costs of medicines will contribute to improved adherence.

 

The changes to dispensing labels will need to be “carefully designed and tested” to prevent negative effects, the DH adds, such as patients discontinuing their medications because of concerns over costs, and it is exploring how to support pharmacists to deal with patients’ questions.

 

The scheme would affect around 10% of medicines, which the DH says currently make up 60% of the total budget for NHS medicines. However, the proposals would initially only apply to medicines dispensed in the community and not in hospitals.

 

The proposed amendments would also give other UK governments the freedom to implement similar schemes, but so far nothing has been announced and the Scottish Government has said it has no plans to introduce such measures.

 

The consultation runs until 17 May 2016.

HDA Media And Political Bulletin – 30 March 2016

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