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Drug Tariff Resource Centre

 

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In this area of the site you'll find a variety of information on recent changes to the Drug Tariff guidance and the NHSBSA Prescription Services pricing procedures, guidance on NCSO concessions, disallowed appliances, the prescription charge arrangements and much more.

Click on the links below for information. For support on any of these topics, please contact the PSNC Information Team (0844 381 4180 or 0203 1220 810).

If you think anything is missing from our A-Z, please feel free to email in your suggestions.


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

A, Category – see Category A.

Additional Items – see Containers.

Advanced Payment – see Schedule of Payments.

Advanced Services – additional services provided which community pharmacies can choose to undertake once they have met the requirements in the Secretary of State Directions:

Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances (ACBS) – see Borderline Substances.

Allowed? – find out which products can be prescribed and dispensed against an NHS prescription: What can be prescribed on an NHS Prescription?

Appliances

Audit – part of the Clinical Governance Essential Service. Related resources include the Clinical Audit Guide and RPS audit templates (RPS members only).

Appliance Use Review (AUR) – an Advanced Service to the NHS community pharmacy contract. For details of the service requirements and procedures, view the AUR section.

B

Blacklist – a list of medicinal products not allowed to be prescribed under the General Medical Services Contract. This is Part XVIIIA of the Drug Tariff and more information can be found in the Allowed/ Disallowed items section.

Borderline Substances – food and toiletry preparations which in some scenarios may be regarded as drugs. A list of approved products with their conditions can be found in Part XV of the Drug Tariff and more information can be found in the Allowed/ Disallowed items section.

Branded Medicine Shortages

Broken Bulk – can only be claimed on certain products. Guidance on which products are eligible for and how to claim it can be found here.

Bundles – see Submission of Prescriptions.

C

C, Category – see Category C.

Calendar Packs – this provision is no longer recognised, exact prescribed quantities must be dispensed as of 1st July 2012.

Capacity Improvement Programme (CIP) – this is the automated pricing system used by NHS Prescription Services to price prescriptions. Some prescriptions are still looked at by exception handlers because they are more complicated (e.g. FP10MDA forms and those with Broken Bulk claims). This section of the website includes:

Please note: LPS and Welsh contractors’ prescriptions are still processed outside this system.

Category A – drugs listed in Part VIIIA of the Drug Tariff which are classified as being readily available. More information can be found in Medicines section.

Category C – drugs listed in Part VIIIA of the Drug Tariff which are listed with prices based on a particular manufacturer, supplier or branded product. More information can be found in Medicines section.

Category M – drugs listed in Part VIIIA of the Drug Tariff which are classified as being readily available and are being used by the Department of Health to control the agreed purchase profit for NHS community pharmacy. More information can on how this process works and the current Category M price list can be found here.

CE Marks – these help identify appliances (or medical devices) and more information on this can be found in our section about medical devices.

Charges – see Prescription Charges.

Charge Card – see Prescription Charge Card.

Clinical Governance (CG) – an Essential Service in the NHS community pharmacy contract. Guidance and resources can be found here.

Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) – see Contract Workbook.

Community Pharmacy Patient Questionnaire (CPPQ) – click here for guidance on the annual patient survey required to be carried out as part of the Clinical Governance Essential Service (formerly known as the Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire).

Community Pharmacy Wales (CPW) – PSNC represents pharmacy contractors in both England and Wales, but our sister organisation CPW can assist Welsh contractors with Wales-specific issues. You can visit their external site for support: Community Pharmacy Wales website.

Consent Forms - depending on the type you require, see Medicine Use Reviews (MURs), New Medicine Service (NMS), or Electronic Prescription Service (EPS).

Containers – information about the fee arrangements for providing containers and consumables can be found here.

Contingency Arrangements – see Wholesaler Emergency Supply Arrangements.

Contract Workbook – a self-assessment tool to check compliance with the terms of service and to record information for use during PCT contract monitoring visits.

Controlled Drugs – guidance on dispensing controlled drugs can be found here. Related resources include guidance on Instalment (FP10MDA) dispensing and a downloadable list of commonly available Schedule 2 and 3 CDs. Private controlled drug prescriptions (FP10PCDs) are required to be submitted to NHS Prescription Services for auditing purposes each month using the submission form FP34PCD.

Control of Entry – see Market Entry Regulations.

D

Dentist Prescriber – can only prescribe items listed in the Dental Prescribing Formulary (Part XVIIA of the Drug Tariff and more information can be found in the Prescribing Rights section.

Devices – see Appliances.

Direct to Pharmacy (DTP) – see Distribution of Medicines.

Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) – see Equality Act.

Disallowed Appliances the appliances which PSNC are most commonly asked about but which are not allowed to be dispensed against an NHS prescription: PSNC Disallowed Appliances List.

Discount Not Given (DNG, formerly ZD) – information about which products are recognised as “discount not given” lines and how this arrangement works: Discount Not Given Arrangements.

Dispensing – an Essential Service in the NHS community pharmacy contract. Guidance and resources can be found here.

Dispensing Resources Supplement (DRS) (sometimes called Dispensing Resources Guide) – a comprehensive guide published by the PSNC to help contractors with the day-to-day running of their pharmacy. All pharmacies are sent one free copy, but LPC members can download an electronic copy or pharmacists can purchase additional hard copies. Some of the resources found in Dispensing Resources can also be downloaded separately:

Distance-Selling Pharmacies – these are pharmacies which do not carry out any Essential Services face to face with patients. FAQs related specifically related to this type of pharmacy.

Distribution of Medicines – some manufacturers use a reduced number of wholesalers, or use agency arrangements and trade directly with pharmacies. In this section of the site, you will be able to find a history of the changes.

Drug Tariff – this is provided by your local PCT, but can also be viewed online and PSNC has created an Introduction to the Drug Tariff to give an overview guide to what is in the Tariff and how it is laid out.

E

Electronic Prescription Allowances – information about ETP/IT Allowances.

Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) – there is much detailed information available in our dedicated EPS section, including:

Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions (ETP) – see Electronic Prescription Service (EPS).

Emergency Supply – see Manufacturer Emergency Supply Arrangements.

Endorsements – the following guidance is available for contractors on endorsing prescriptions:

Enhanced Services – locally commissioned services which pharmacies in certain PCT areas can choose to provide. As PSNC negotiates the NHS community pharmacy contract at the national level, the resources we have for these locally commissioned services is not comprehensive, but we do have template service specifications and the Services Database.

Equality Act (formerly DDA) – FAQs, resources and links can be found within this section.

Essential Services – mandatory services all community pharmacies holding an NHS contract must provide:

Establishment Payment - these are payments pharmacy contractors receive automatically on a monthly basis. The payments are based on the number of prescription items the pharmacy dispenses per month. Details are set out in Part VIA of the Drug Tariff. For more information, please visit our page on pharmacy fees and allowances.

F

Forms Types – see Prescription Forms.

FP10MDAs (endorsing guidance) – see Instalment Dispensing.

Funding

G

 

H

Hazardous Waste – see Essential Services (Waste Management).

Hourssee Opening Hours.

I

Imported Products – see Unlicensed Specials and Imports.

Independent Prescribers – can prescribe the same medicinal products that a doctor can, within certain parameters. More information can be found in the Prescribing Rights section.

Information Governance (IG)

Instalment Dispensing – full details of how to endorse instalment prescriptions (FP10MDAs) can be found here.

Internet Pharmacies – see Distance-Selling Pharmacies.

Is it Allowed? – see Allowed?

J

 

K

 

L

Leaflets – see Practice Leaflets.

Limited Stability – the April 2012 Drug Tariff changes saw a removal of the Limited Stability fee; details of this change can be found here.

Locally Enhanced Services (LES) – see Enhanced Services.

M

M, Category – see Category M.

Manufacturer Emergency Supply Arrangements – when pharmacies encounter supply issues, details of the procedures put in place by suppliers to assist with the problem can be found here.

Market Entry Regulations – for information about opening a pharmacy, please visit this section.

Medical Devices – see Appliances.

Medicinal Products (mainly medicines but also includes foods, toiletries and cosmetics)

Medicine Use Review (MUR)

Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Alerts – whilst the latest drug alerts are posted as news stories on our front page, contractors may also wish to visit the external site run by the MHRA: MHRA Drug and Device Alerts.

Multi-Charge Card – a useful poster displaying the most commonly dispensed no charge and multi-charge items.

N

National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) Alerts – previous alerts following surveys and reports by the NPSA: NPSA Alerts.

New Medicine Service (NMS)

No Cheaper Stock Obtainable (NCSO)

Nomination Forms – see Electronic Prescription Service (EPS).

Northern Irish Prescriptions – see Prescription Forms.

Nurse Prescribers – there are three types of nurse prescribers (see below). All nurse prescribers can prescribe any products listed in Part IX of the Drug Tariff but the medicines that they can prescribe differ according to their level of training and qualifications. More information can be found in the Prescribing Rights section.

  • Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriberscan only prescribe from the Nurse Prescribers' Formulary for Community Practitioners (Part XVIIB(i) of the Drug Tariff).
  • Nurse Independent and Supplementary Prescriberscan prescribe the same medicinal products that a doctor can, within certain parameters.

O

Opening Hours – this section includes resources such as the latest Bank Holiday forms, Changes to Core Contractual Hours, FAQs, Opening hours requirements, Pharmacy Opening Hours 

Out of Pocket Expenses – can only be claimed on certain products. Guidance on which products are eligible for and how to claim for them can be found here.

P

Payments – see Schedule of Payments.

PharmaBase – see PharmOutcomes.

PharmOutcomes (formerly PharmaBase)

Practice Leaflets – to find details of the requirements of pharmacy practice leaflets, please view the detailed guidance and resources here, including a template practice leaflet.

Practice Payment - these are payments pharmacy contractors receive automatically on a monthly basis which include a contribution towards DDA provision (part of the Equality Act). The payments are based on the number of prescription items the pharmacy dispenses and the number of staffing hours per month. Details are set out in Part VIA of the Drug Tariff. For more information, please visit our page on pharmacy fees and allowances.

PREM 1 & 2 Forms – forms relating to the MUR Advanced Service.

Pre-registration Training Grant – background on the training grant, including how it is processed and trained, can be found here.

Prescribing Rights – find out about different types of prescriber and which items they can and cannot prescribe here. Check their registers by clicking the links below:

Prescription Audit

Prescription Bundles – see Submission of Prescriptions.

Prescription Charge Carddownloadable version of the poster used to display NHS prescription charges in pharmacies.

Prescription Charges – check how much a patient pay should pay for an NHS prescription: NHS Prescription Charges: How Much does the Patient Pay? Related resources:

Prescription Forms – a list of those which are valid for NHS prescribing can be found here. Related resources: check if a Controlled Drug prescription meets the various CD requirements.

Price Change Mechanism – information about how and when the NHS list prices are changed for medicines can be found here.

Private Prescriptions – PSNC only represents pharmacy contractors on matters relating to their NHS accounts; however controlled drug prescriptions (FP10PCDs) are required to be submitted to NHS Prescription Services for auditing purposes each month using the submission form FP34PCD.

Publications – visit our Publications Database to find all the forms, guidance and reports published by the PSNC set out by category.

Q

Quantity to be Supplied – see Split Pack Dispensing and Special Containers for more information.

R

Red Separator – see Submission of Prescriptions.

Refunds – information on the process for refunds on prescription charges is available here: Prescription Charge Refunds.

Regulations – full details about the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2012 and what they mean for both existing and new pharmacies can be found in this section.

Repeat Dispensing –see Essential Services (Repeat Dispensing).

Resources – for where to find further support from publications when dispensing, please check in our Publications Database (internally created) and in our Where Can I Obtain? Section (resources from external organisations).

Returns - for information relating to why a prescription might have been returned to you (either for clarification or as a disallowed item), please visit this section of our website.

S

Schedule of Payments – guidance on how to make sense of the FP34 Schedule of Payments is available here (this includes information about the payment timetable and related FAQs).

Scottish Prescriptions – see Prescription Forms.

Selected Listed Scheme (SLS) – items included in this scheme may only be prescribed for the patient groups and for the purpose listed in the Tariff. This list can be found in Part XVIIIB of the Drug Tariff and more information can be found in the Allowed/ Disallowed items section.

Signposting – see Essential Services (Signposting).

Sorting - see Submission of Prescriptions.

Special Containers – products that allow pharmacy contractors to round the prescribed quantity to the nearest pack size and still be paid correctly. Detailed guidance on how reimbursement is calculated for and how to identify special containers can be found here. Related resource: Special Container Database.

Specials – see Unlicensed Specials and Imports.

Split Pack Dispensing – information relating to the reimbursement rules regarding dispensing split packs.

Stock Shortages – found out which products have been granted NCSO status for this month and more general information about shortages here.

Submission of Prescriptions

Supplementary Prescribers – can prescribe the same medicinal products that a doctor can, within certain parameters. More information can be found in the Prescribing Rights section.

T

Timing of Payments – see Schedule of Payments.

Tokens – see Electronic Prescription Service.

Top-Up Payments - these are for those contractors who have fluctuating dispensing volumes which have caused them to miss out on Estalishment and Practice Payments in certain months. Deails of those eligible to claim and how to do so can be found here.

U

Unlicensed Specials and Imports – products which are only available by acquiring through a company with an MHRA specials or importer’s licence. Our section discussing unlicensed specials can be found within our medicines page. Related resources (including a specials flowchart and endorsing guidance) can be found here.

V

Valid Prescription Forms – see Prescription Forms.

W

Waste Management – see Essential Services (Waste Management).

Welsh Prescriptions – see Prescription Forms.

Wholesaler Emergency Supply Arrangements – see Manufacturer Emergency Supply Arrangements.

X

 

Y

Yellow Card Reporting – site where you can report side effects or reactions to drugs reported by patients. This is an external site run by the MHRA: Yellow Card Scheme.

Z

Zero Discount (ZD) – see Discount Not Given (DNG).

 


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