April Drug Tariff Reset

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


Community Pharmacy Scotland and the Scottish Government agreed upon a 3 year funding deal which comes into effect as of today the 1st April 2020.

This is a hugely positive step forward, providing stability and predictability for the community pharmacy network, Scottish Government and NHS Health Boards and allowing adequate time and space to develop and embed pharmaceutical care services. We detailed all aspects of the funding package for 2020/21 to 2022/23 in our key facts document complimenting the Scottish Government Circular PCA (P) (2020) 2 and want to highlight in particular today the two aspects agreed around the mapping further monies, as we have done in previous years from the tariff, into the global sum for guaranteed income and using this same method of tariff reduction to pay back what is owed by the network to NHS Health Boards. This removes the need for a clawback mechanism.

We understand during this unprecedented time the pressures that you are experiencing in all daily ways of working. We continue to work in supporting you in all ways we can from securing a 3 month advance payment in April to cover costs, to workforce support, to our daily videos of updates and morale boosting shout outs.

Therefore, we felt it only right to highlight to you that there are a significant number of changes for April in this tariff reset, published today, to go in hand with the above mentioned agreements with the Scottish Government. We recognise in this current climate the ongoing concern regarding medicine cost and shortages you are experiencing and these changes to the tariff may exacerbate this further. In conjunction with the Scottish Government we believe the agreement laid out above should continue and if the tariff comes under pressure this is treated separately and any necessary actions are then taken.

You will also note the number of adjusted prices lines have reduced on the website due to this tariff reset.  We are implementing in the coming days, a temporary measure to make it quick and easy for you to report shortages to us. We will continue to monitor these and negotiate with the relevant departments at NSS agreements for adjusted prices as we do on a weekly basis, with Sertraline being a recent example. 

If you have any questions about the April Drug Tariff please do not hesitate to contact the Pharmacy Services team on 0131 466 3540 or email pharmacy.services@cps.scot

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