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HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 23 January 2018

Media and Political Bulletin

23 January 2018

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DH proposes new system to decide concessionary prices

Chemist and Druggist, Grace Lewis, 22 January 2018

 

Chemist and Druggist reports that the Department of Health and Social Care (DH) has set out “proposals” to change the current system for agreeing price concessions, according to the PSNC.

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) “discussed proposals from the DH on changing the system for setting price concessions” at a committee meeting in the second week of January.

Under the current system, PSNC submits claims for price concessions to the DH, which the government then verifies using data from wholesalers and manufacturers, the negotiator explained in a statement. At its January committee meeting, the negotiator agreed “key principles” for a “fair” system of price concessions. These principles include “any data used to set prices must relate to the period for which a concession is given”, and “PSNC must be able to challenge proposed price concessions”.

 

Parliamentary Coverage

Health Committee – Secretary of State to be questioned today on the impact of Brexit for patients – 23 January 2018

Today the Health Committee will hear from the Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, on the impact of Brexit on medicines, medical devices and substances of human origin.

If you would like to watch live coverage of the session, please follow the following link: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/70452f3d-4f8b-4db0-9177-fd8e7fda9343

 

Commons Tabled Written Question – Alex Sobel – 22 January 2018

Alex Sobel, MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what steps he is taking to ensure that licensing for new drugs in the UK is not slowed down by leaving the EU and the European Medicines Agency.

 

Lords Tabled Written Question – Baroness Masham of Ilton – 22 January 2018

Baroness Masham of Ilton: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the European Medicines Agency relocating to the Netherlands; and how many jobs they estimate will be lost as a result.

 

 

Full Coverage

DH proposes new system to decide concessionary prices

Chemist and Druggist, Grace Lewis, 22 January 2018

 

The Department of Health and Social Care (DH) has set out “proposals” to change the current system for agreeing price concessions, according to PSNC.

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) “discussed proposals from the DH on changing the system for setting price concessions” at a committee meeting in the second week of January, the negotiator said in a statement last Thursday (January 18).

Under the current system, PSNC submits claims for price concessions to the DH, which the government then verifies using data from wholesalers and manufacturers, the negotiator explained.

PSNC would not confirm to C+D what the DH’s proposals for a new system entail. C+D has also contacted the DH for details of the proposals.

“Key principles” of a “fair” system

At its January committee meeting, the negotiator agreed “key principles” for a “fair” system of price concessions.

These include “any data used to set prices must relate to the period for which a concession is given”, and “PSNC must be able to challenge proposed price concessions”.

C+D reported in December that contractors in England were “highly stressed” waiting for concessionary prices for items including levetiracetam, amlodipine and felodipine. Contractors were then left “sickened” by the final 53 concessionary prices for November, when they were announced on December 14.

“Purchasing medicines for the NHS is a huge part of what the sector offers,” PSNC said last week.

However, “contractors must not be the victims of adverse events or activity further up in the supply chain”, and “any pricing system must fairly balance contractors’ duty to supply with a reasonable purchase risk”, the negotiator added.

PSNC said it will continue to “press for immediate improvements to the price concessions system” and will keep contractors updated with its progress.

Last week, PSNC director of NHS services Alastair Buxton told delegates at a pharmacy seminar that the negotiator will “present [its] ideas” for a service-based pharmacy contract to the DH and NHS England in its upcoming funding discussions.

HDA UK Media And Political Bulletin – 23 January 2018

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