Specials are in the news again. A series of articles in The Times on May 25, which were picked up by the BBC, claimed the NHS is spending as much as £30 million a year paying high prices for unlicensed medicines that are available cheaply elsewhere.

In a separate development, the Department of Health has announced in an answer to a parliamentary question that, under the Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017, it is finalising the Regulations which are expected to be laid and come into force later this summer.

"The Information Regulations include requirements in relation to special medicinal products which will ensure that the Government obtains information from all manufacturers and importers. This information will make the reimbursement arrangements for the most commonly used special medicinal products more robust.

"However, where there are concerns about an individual price, it will also enable us to request from suppliers’ information on the costs of supplying a product", Lord O’Shaughnessy said on May 22.

Originally Published by Pharmacy Magazine

Recommended

NHS campaign targets incorrect free prescription claims

A new campaign that encourages patients to check whether they are entitled to free prescriptions before claiming them is...

NHS Choices is no more...

Changes to the NHS website include more accessible content, better mobile device experience, new content for helping peo...




This website is for healthcare professionals, people who work in pharmacy and pharmacy students. By clicking into any content, you confirm this describes you and that you agree to British Pharmaceutical Students' Association's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

We use essential, performance, functional and advertising cookies to give you a better web experience. Find out how to manage these cookies here. We also use Interest Based Advertising Cookies to display relevant advertisements on this and other websites based on your viewing behaviour. By clicking "Accept" you agree to the use of these Cookies and our Cookie Policy.