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Drug Tariff Update - November 2017
  Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Drug Tariff Update - November 2017

The following product changes to the Part VIIIB Drug Tariff have been published. Click here for the latest Drug Tariff.

Effective from 1st November 2017

4 New Products Added:

Chlorothiazide 25mg/5ml oral suspension

Nitrazepam 5mg/5ml oral suspension

Sucralfate 2g/20ml enema

Sucralfate 2g/50ml enema

 

No Products Removed

 

56 minimum volume prices have gone up

192 minimum volume prices have gone down

 

Total of 252 products in part VIIIB from 1st November 2017


Drug Tariff Update - August 2017
  Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Drug Tariff Update - August 2017

August 2017

The following product changes to the Part VIIIB Drug Tariff have been published. Click here for the latest Drug Tariff.

Effective from 1st August 2017

3 New Products Added:

Atropine 500micrograms/5ml oral solution

Ciclosporin 0.06% eye drops 0.4ml unit dose vials preservative free

Diclofenac 50mg/5ml oral suspension

 

5 Products Removed:

Ferrous sulphate 60mg/5ml suspension

Magnesium glycerophosphate 5mmol/5ml solution

Magnesium glycerophosphate 5mmol/5ml suspension

Metoprolol 50mg/5ml suspension

Quetiapine 100mg/5ml suspension

 

43 minimum volume prices have gone up

202 minimum volume prices have gone down

 

Total of 248 products in part VIIIB from 1st August 2017


Drug Tariff Update - May 2017
  Friday, April 28, 2017

Drug Tariff Update - May 2017

May 2017

The following product changes to the Part VIIIB Drug Tariff have been published. Click here for the latest Drug Tariff.

Effective from 1st August 2016

2 New Products Added:

Mercaptamine hydrochloride 0.55% eye drops

Nortriptyline 10mg/5ml oral suspension

 

1 Product Removed:

Alfentanil 0.1% nasal spray

 

49 minimum volume prices have gone up

199 minimum volume prices have gone down

 

Total of 250 products in part VIIIB from 1st May 2017


Changes to ordering specials
  Thursday, August 18, 2016

Changes to ordering specials

How IPS Specials support their customers to comply with the latest GPhC guideline

 

The MHRA have stated that taking orders over the phone “increases the risk of a transcription error and the wrong material being supplied to the pharmacy and compromising patients safety.”

To avoid these errors, the MHRA requires suppliers to get confirmation of orders in writing, for example by email, fax or via an online ordering system provided by the manufacturer. It is therefore, advised by the GPhC that manufacturers work closely with their customers that this guideline is followed.


In order to ensure Patient Safety and to comply with the above regulation the team at IPS are supporting Pharmacists with the following solutions: click here to view the flowchart.


If you would like to discuss the changes in more detail, please contact our customer service team on 0800 644 0747


Read more about the guideline on GPhC websiteRPS website and MHRA.

 


Drug Tariff Update
  Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Drug Tariff Update

August 2016

The following product changes to the Part VIIIB Drug Tariff have been published. Click here for the latest Drug Tariff.

Effective from 1st August 2016

2 New Products Added:

Enalapril 10mg/5ml oral suspension

Tranexamic acid 250mg/5ml oral suspension

 

4 Products Removed

Amiodarone 100mg/5ml oral solution

Atropine 500micrograms/5ml oral solution

Naproxen 125mg/5ml oral suspension

Sodium phenylbutyrate 625mg/5ml oral solution

 

50 minimum volume prices have gone up

197 minimum volume prices have gone down

 

Total of 249 products in part VIIIB from 1st August 2016



Drug Tariff Update
  Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Drug Tariff Update

May 2016


Effective from 1st May


  • 252 total products in Drug Tariff Part VIIIB Specials
  • 59 minimum volume prices have gone up
  • 188 minimum volume prices have gone down
  • 0 Products Removed
  • 4 New Products:
  • Pizotifen 250micrograms/5ml oral solution

    Pizotifen 250micrograms/5ml oral suspension

    Pyridostigmine bromide 50mg/5ml oral suspension

    Tamsulosin 400micrograms/5ml oral suspension

Click here to download the latest specials Drug Tariff price list.

Ordering specials from manufacturers
  Thursday, April 14, 2016

Ordering specials from manufacturers

GPhC has been contacted by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) regarding ordering of specials from manufacturers of unlicensed medicines.


MHRA has had reports from manufacturers that in their experience, some pharmacists are placing orders verbally by telephone and not confirming them in writing.  This increases the risk of a transcription error and the wrong material being supplied to the pharmacy and then potentially to the patient.

 

To avoid these errors, MHRA requires manufacturers licensed to make specials to get confirmation of orders in writing, for example by email, fax or via an on line ordering system provided by the manufacturer.

 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Professional Guidance for the Procurement and Supply of Specials, also recommends that where necessary, the agreed formulation should be confirmed to the manufacturer in writing.

 

Click here for more information on GPhC website 


Drug Tariff Update
  Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Drug Tariff Update

February 2016

Effective from 1st February


3 new products have been added to Drug Tariff Part VIIIB Specials:

                                    

  • Acetylcysteine 10% eye drops
  • Atropine 500micrograms/5ml oral solution
  • Pyridostigmine bromide 60mg/5ml oral suspension

1 product has been removed from Drug Tariff Part VIIIB Specials:

  • Pilocarpine hydrochloride 0.5% eye drops  10ml

Click here to download the latest specials Drug Tariff price list.


Drug Tariff Update
  Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Drug Tariff Update

December 2015

Effective from 1st December 2015

The following lines have been moved from part VIIIB to part VIIIA as they have been licensed.

  • Methotrexate 10mg/5ml Solution 
  • Methotrexate 10mg/5ml Suspension 

Customer Announcement
  Monday, November 16, 2015

Customer Announcement

Invoice Stickers

Further to the announcement from the National Pharmacy Association, advising pharmacy contractors not to use invoice stickers for endorsing purposes, IPS Specials would like to reassure all of their customers that issues described by the NPA in their statement do not apply to IPS’ invoice stickers. IPS would like to advise all customers to carry on using the innovative endorsement tool as usual.

Designed to fit perfectly in the endorsement area of the prescription, our innovative stickers vastly reduce the probability of endorsement error, ensuring that pharmacies get paid the correct amount for their specials.

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