Category M Price Changes April 2021

Category M Price Changes for April 2021

The Category M prices for April 2021 have been announced on the NHS Prescription Services website which can be found here.

This quarter the price changes have been announced later than usual.

What to look out for?

The top ten price drops can be seen below:

Drug NamePack sizeChange
Liothyronine 20microgram tablets28-£18.86
Amantadine 100mg capsules56-£14.81
Exemestane 25mg tablets30-£14.48
Co-careldopa 12.5mg/50mg tablets90-£9.10
Ibandronic acid 50mg tablets28-£8.93
Tolterodine 2mg tablets56-£6.36
Tolterodine 1mg tablets56-£6.18
Cyclizine 50mg/1ml solution for injection ampoules5-£5.47
Sertraline 100mg tablets28-£4.56
Prochlorperazine 3mg buccal tablets50-£4.52

For these generics, the reimbursement price will be significantly lower from April 1st 2021, it follows that the purchase price of these items may fall, so run down stock and check your purchase price of these items from April 1st 2021. If you are paying MORE than the new Drug Tariff price you will need to ensure the manufacturer or wholesaler is included in the main body of the prescription as follows:

Sertraline 100mg tablets x 28 (Teva)

Take one daily

Your reimbursement for this pack will then be based on the Teva list price for April, rather than the Part VIIIA Drug Tariff price.

The top ten price rises can be seen below:

Drug NamePack sizeChange
Midodrine 5mg tablets100£80.21
Midodrine 2.5mg tablets100£56.74
Fusidic acid 1% modified-release eye drops5£37.43
Diltiazem 60mg modified-release tablets84£24.38
Brinzolamide 10mg/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops5£9.21
Ropinirole 1mg tablets84£8.11
Desmopressin 10micrograms/dose nasal spray60£8.08
Mebeverine 200mg modified-release capsules60£7.60
Primidone 250mg tablets100£6.78
Tamoxifen 20mg tablets30£6.62

The reimbursement price is rising and so the purchase price is likely to rise in most cases, therefore it is worth ordering up on some of these lines, depending on your actual monthly use. You should check the purchase price and NOT over order on expensive lines which you rarely use.

For a full list of Cat M price changes please email for a free copy. This list also contains all basic Drug Tariff prices and can be sorted various ways to make your job so much easier as a busy dispensary manager.