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MARCH 2020 Drug Tariff Changes

BY GREG BULL  |  POSTED IN GENERAL NEWS

Drug tariff Preface - Do You read Yours?

Every month in the Drug Tariff online version and paper copy, in a section called The Preface, the following month’s changes to the Drug Tariff are listed.

The tables below are samples taken from the February 2020 Drug Tariff and shows changes to the Drug Tariff to be implemented on the 1st of March 2020. Please note the FULL LISTS are available inside the members' only area, these tables below are not complete

How do you use this information?

Additions - this just makes it easier to prescribe generically

Deletions - products which may have been discontinued, just ensure if you dispense any of these you will need to re-write the main body of the prescription to ensure you recieve the correct reimbursement.

Changes - these are worth reviewing in more detail - where a medicine is moving from Category C to Category A, the reimbursement price may become more unstable, also if moving from Category A to Category M or Category C to Category M. The price may also drop, but not necessarily. Keep an eye on the Drug Tariff when it comes out.

Where a product is moving from Category A or Category M to Category C the price should remain stable and will be based on a manufacturer price, brand price or wholesaler price.

Remember the PATIENT must always come first, clinical considerations are always more important than financial decisions when it comes to prescribing.

ADDITIONS TO PART VIIIA EFFECTIVE FROM 1 MARCH 2020 Pack Size Category
 Alprostadil 10microgram powder and solvent for solution for injection pre-filled disposable devices 2 Category C Caverject Dual Chamber
 Alprostadil 20microgram powder and solvent for solution for injection cartridges 2 Category C Viridal Duo Continuation Pack

DELETIONS FROM PART VIIIA EFFECTIVE FROM 1 MARCH 2020 Pack Size Category
Cilazapril 5mg tablets 28 Category C Genesis Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Colecalciferol 800unit / Calcium carbonate 1.25g tablets 30 Category C Kalcipos-D

OTHER CHANGES TO PART VIIIA EFFECTIVE FROM 1 MARCH 2020
Hydroxyzine 25mg tablets 28 Category C Atarax will be:
28 Category A
Levothyroxine sodium 75microgram tablets 28 Category C A A H Pharmaceutcials Ltd will be:
28 Category A
Nifedipine 20mg modified-release tablets 56 Category C Adalat retard will be:
56 Category C Nifedipress MR 20