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New Specials Endorsement Guidelines
  Monday, April 29, 2013

New Specials Endorsement Guidelines

April 2013

As of 1st May 2013, along with 42 new products added to the Specials Drug Tariff Part VIIIB, there are changes to the way contractors must endorse their non-drug tariff Specials.

As well as the current requirements, contractors now have to also endorse the pack size of the product.

This means that where the unlicensed medicine is manufactured under a specials license or sourced under an importers license issued by the MHRA, the contractor shall endorse the:

  • pack size from which the order was supplied
  • invoice price per pack size from which the product was supplied less discount/rebates
  • manufacturer's/importer's licence number
  • batch number of the unlicensed medicine

We also discovered on checking this information with the English PPA and NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership - Primary Care Services (NWSSP-PCS) that contractors in Wales are also required to endorse the name of their Specials manufacturer / supplier.

At IPS Specials, we try to make life as simple as possible for our customers and our Innovative Invoices have been updated to ensure you don't miss any required information which may result in a delayed payment or underpayment for your Specials.

We have also updated our Quick Reference Specials Endorsement Guides for you to print out and display in your premises for locums or contractors who are not part of the IPS family and don't current receive the benefit of our Invoice Stickers.

Pharmacy Contractors: Download Specials Endorsement Guide here

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42 New Products Added to May Drug Tariff
  Friday, April 19, 2013

42 New Products Added to May Drug Tariff

April 2013

There are 42 new products to be added to the May 2013 Drug Tariff, including Lansoprazole 15mg/5ml & 30mg/5ml as well as Tranexamic Acid 500mg/5ml Solution & Suspension.

We will inform you of the new & changed Specials Drug Tariff prices as soon as we receive them.

New Products

  1. Antacid and Oxetacaine oral suspension
  2. Atorvastatin 20mg/5ml oral suspension
  3. Clopidogrel 75mg/5ml oral solution


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Specials Drug Tariff Introduced in Scotland as Part 7S
  Friday, February 01, 2013

Specials Drug Tariff Introduced in Scotland as Part 7S

February 2013

As of 1stFebruary 2013, 48 Specials have been introduced into the Scottish Drug Tariff under a new section - Part 7S.

New arrangements for the dispensing and reimbursement of Specials and unlicensed imported medicines have been introduced in Scotland under a new section of the Scottish Drug Tariff, Part 7S. These arrangements include formal reimbursement prices for commonly prescribed Specials set by the tariff as well as a requirement to seek authorisation from the relevant Health Board. 

Following on from England & Wales' introduction of the Tariff, NHS Scotland are keen to increase transparency of Specials prescribing, ensure cost-effective sourcing and to streamline reimbursement for Specials (according to a recent NHS Circular dated 31st January 2013).

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February Specials Drug Tariff Update
  Wednesday, January 30, 2013

February Specials Drug Tariff Update

January 2013

The updated Specials Drug Tariff (Part VIIIB) has been released and includes a number of price changes and the removal of Gabapentin and Paracetamol 500mg/5ml oral suspension due to the licensing of these products.

To download your Free DT Wall Chart with price change indicator, please click here.

The Top 10 Decreases this month vs November 2012 are:


Formulations Covered

Change in Price per Min. Volume

Change in Price Per ml/g thereafter

Ciclosporin 2% eye drops




Diltiazem 2% cream




Flecainide 25mg/5ml oral solution




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