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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

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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

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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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Scottish Drug Tariff Update
  Monday, November 02, 2015

Scottish Drug Tariff Update

November 2015

Effective from 1st November 2015

There are 75 lines on Part 7S effective from 1st November 2015

16 prices have gone up and 26 prices have gone down.

Click here to download the latest Part 7S drug tariff.

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Drug Tariff Update
  Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Drug Tariff Update

November 2015

Effective from 1st November

  • 249 products in Part VIIIB
  • 51 minimum volume prices have gone up
  • 185 minimum volume prices have gone down
  • 12 New Products
  • 5 Products Removed
  • 1 Product Replaced

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Drug Tariff Update
  Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Drug Tariff Update

August 2015

Effective from 1st August 2015

The following 5 lines have been added to Part VIIIB:

  • Eosin 2% solution
  • Naltrexone 5mg/5ml oral solution
  • Salicylic acid 20% ointment
  • Salicylic acid 5% ointment
  • Topiramate 100mg/5ml oral suspension   

Drug Tariff Update
  Monday, June 29, 2015

Drug Tariff Update

July 2015

Effective from 1st July 2015

The following 2 lines have been added to Part VIIIA as they are now licensed.

Amlodipine 10mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 150ml

Amlodipine 5mg/5ml oral solution sugar free 150ml

As a result, the following 4 lines have been removed from Part VIIB:

  • Amlodipine 10mg/5ml oral solution
  • Amlodipine 10mg/5ml oral suspension
  • Amlodipine 5mg/5ml oral solution
  • Amlodipine 5mg/5ml oral suspension

IPS Specials will continue providing Amlodipine suspension as a Non-DT product effective from 1st July - provided there is clinical need.

Drug Tariff Update
  Monday, April 20, 2015

Drug Tariff Update

May 2015

May 2015 Drug Tariff Part VIIIB Specials



Amiodarone 100mg/5ml oral solution



Bisoprolol 1.25mg/5ml oral solution



Coal tar 10% ointment

All bases

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