HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 19 April 2017

Media Summary

Judge dismisses High Court pharmacy cut claims

Chemist and Druggist, Anabelle Collins, 18 May 2017

The National Pharmacy Association’s (NPA) and the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee’s (PSNC) cases against the funding cuts have been dismissed by a High Court judge. Judge Justice Collins recognised that the evidence presented by the NPA and PSNC suggests there is a “real risk” there will be “less access because of the inability to keep some pharmacies open for as many hours”. One further example given was free delivery services, which may have to cease due to cuts.

Concessions Announcement
PSNC, 17 May 2017

The Department of Health have announced the following price concessions for May 2017:


Drug Pack size Price concession
Buspirone 10mg tablets 30 £9.95
Buspirone 5mg tablets 30 £9.95
Clindamycin 150mg capsules 24 £4.85
Dapsone 50mg tablets 28 £46.19
Diamorphine 30mg powder for solution for injection ampoules 5 £16.52
Ethosuximide 250mg/5ml oral solution 200ml £173.00
Exemestane 25mg tablets 30 £12.00
Leflunomide 10mg tablets 30 £8.50
Leflunomide 20mg tablets 30 £8.50
Mefenamic acid 500mg tablets 28 £59.99
Mirtazapine 15mg tablets 28 £3.00
Mirtazapine 45mg tablets 28 £3.00
Nitrofurantoin 100mg tablets 28 £11.93
Nitrofurantoin 50mg tablets 28 £20.50
Oxazepam 10mg tablets 28 £7.97
Oxazepam 15mg tablets 28 £7.97
Pramipexole 88microgram tablets 30 £11.24
Ropinirole 5mg tablets 84 £165.00
Sodium cromoglicate 2% eye drops 13.5ml £5.99
Spironolactone 50mg tablets 28 £5.20
Tranexamic acid 500mg tablets 60 £11.50
Valsartan 160mg capsules 28 £17.10
Valsartan 40mg capsules 28 £8.80
Valsartan 80mg capsules 28 £11.43
Zolmitriptan 2.5mg orodispersible tablets sugar free 6 £15.22
Zolmitriptan 2.5mg tablets 6 £14.99

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

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HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 19 April 2017

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