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The Government says that new regulations will strengthen controls around pricing for specials medicines. 

In a written answer, health minister Steve Brine MP said the Government had consulted on new Regulations for the provision of information about health service products, with reference to the Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017. 

“We are finalising the Regulations which are expected to be laid and enter into force later in 2018,” he said. 

“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.”

Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot, had asked a series of questions on specials, including when the government would bring forward legislative proposals to regulate the costs of specials dispensed in community pharmacies.

Mr Brine pointed out that policy has been “to expand the number of products for which there is a reimbursement price listed in the Drug Tariff by prioritising products of the highest cost to the NHS or highest prescribing volume, thus reducing the cost and the variation in what the NHS pays. 

“These reimbursement prices are set by using data from specials suppliers.”

Link:
Hansard: Drugs: Costs: Written question – 135626        

 

 

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