Your response to the Drug Tariff changes for January 2022, should be focused on the Category M Price changes.
These Cat M changes includes a total of 621 Cat M prices going down, 74 of which are falling in price by more than 25 per cent. Some good news in the bad though is that and 37 Category M prices are rising and 15 those are going up by more than 25 per cent.
However, unless you read the Advance Notice in December’s Drug Tariff you may not have noticed that several items have been added to Category M which includes the following: [We have added the drop in reimbursement price in brackets to give an indication of the impact per item dispensed]
Calcipotriol 0.005% / Betamethasone dipropionate 0.05% oint. [-£8.33]
Dorzolamide 20mg/ml / Timolol 5mg/ml eye drops 0.2ml unit dose preservative free [-£26.73]
Famotidine 20mg tablets [-£16.55]
Isotretinoin 20mg capsules [-£4.89]
Nizatidine 150mg capsules [-£11.81]
Oxycodone 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar free [-£2.63]
Propranolol 160mg modified-release capsules [-£2.60]
IMPORTANT – if you have bought and dispensed any of the above at a purchase price ABOVE the new Drug Tariff price you will need to ensure the prescription states the supplier details on the RIGHT-hand side of the prescription. If you do not have this information on the right-hand side you will be paid the new lower Drug Tariff price and NOT the price you paid and your dispensary will lose out.
Where your purchase price is ABOVE Drug Tariff you can indicate in the main body of the prescription either the supplier, wholesaler, brand name or manufacturer name, for example “Teva” [only if you purchased from Teva] to be paid the Teva NHS list price for that item for January’s prescriptions.