HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 16 January 2017

Media Summary

Exiting the EU Committee report: ABPI response

ABPI, 14 January 2017

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has published its response to the Exiting the EU Select Committee report. The ABPI argues that alignment with EU medicines regulation is key and the UK should look to maintain as much harmonisation of medicine regulation as possible. The ABPI supports the focus on transitional arrangements and the UK’s future partnerships with European regulatory agencies and bodies.

January 2017 Price Concessions

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, 13 January 2017 

The Department of Health have granted the following price concessions for January 2017:


Pack size

Price concession

Amitriptyline 50mg tablets



Buspirone 5mg tablets



Candesartan 2mg tablets



Dapsone 50mg tablets



Exemestane 25mg tablets



Flecainide 100mg tablets



Flecainide 50mg tablets



Lorazepam 1mg tablets



Mirtazapine 15mg tablets



Mirtazapine 30mg tablets



Mirtazapine 45mg tablets



Naratriptan 2.5mg tablets



Nitrofurantoin 100mg tablets



Nitrofurantoin 50mg tablets



Quinagolide 75microgram tablets



Ropinirole 0.5mg tablets



Ropinirole 1mg tablets



Ropinirole 5mg tablets



Valsartan 160mg capsules



Valsartan 40mg capsules



Valsartan 80mg capsules



Zolmitriptan 2.5mg tablets



No endorsements are required as these prices will automatically be applied to this month’s prescriptions.

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Exiting the EU Committee report: ABPI response

ABPI, 14 January 2017

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has responded to today’s publication of the Exiting the EU Committee report into the process for exiting the European Union and the Government’s negotiating objectives.

​​​In December, Dr Virginia Acha, ABPI Executive Director – Research, Medical & Innovation gave evidence to the Exiting the EU Committee stating that a primary objective for Government in Brexit negotiations should be to secure alignment and cooperation with EU medicines regulation.

​The UK is currently part of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), a network that facilitates the harmonisation of medicines regulation for more than 25% of global pharmaceutical market and over 500m patients. This includes EU member states, and non-EU members of the European Economic Area (EEA), Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Robust and internationally aligned medicines regulation, has been essential for protecting and improving the health of patients, has ensured effectiveness and safety, and has brought forward advances in medical innovation to large patient populations in a way that minimises delays and cost.

The UK having an aligned framework in place for medicines regulation ‘from day one’ of leaving the EU would be important for maintaining drugs availability and supply.

Upon reviewing the Committee’s report published today​, the ABPI welcomes their explicit focus on the importance of transitional arrangements and the UK’s future relationships with regulatory agencies and bodies.

Mike Thompson, ABPI, Chief Executive ​commented:

“We welcome the Committee’s focus on the importance of getting medicine regulation right from day one of the UK leaving the European Union.

Securing continued regulatory cooperation and alignment with the EU for medicines will be in the best interests of the UK Government, EU member states and patients.

HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 16 January 2017

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