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Stephen Charles Brine
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<p>In the period from December 2017 to November 2018, the Department spent £65 million on specials in primary care in England. That is 0.7% of spend on medicines in primary care. Spend on specials has reduced significantly since 2010 when it was £136 million. This is the consequence of a reduction in the prescribing of specials and the introduction of reimbursement prices for the most commonly prescribed specials. Specials listed with a price in the Drug Tariff incentivise community pharmacies to source the special at the lowest price possible which creates a competitive market and reduces costs. Out of the £65 million spent on specials in 2018, £20 million was spent on specials listed with a price in the Drug Tariff covering more than half of the items dispensed. The Department aims to include more specials with a reimbursement price in the Drug Tariff and seek alternative arrangements for specials that are not commonly prescribed and therefore cannot be listed with a reimbursement price. Potential savings will depend on the specials which can be listed with a Drug Tariff reimbursement price and the approach taken for those which cannot.</p>
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Department of Health and Social Care
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Department of Health and Social Care
Department of Health and Social Care
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Stephen Charles Brine
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