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Payment arrangements for March 2018 have been modified for pharmacy contractors in Scotland, with a temporary change to the dispensing pool payment. In addition, the discount clawback scale has been revised for January to March 2018, and new arrangements are being discussed for April.

The Scottish Executive Health and Social Care Directorate has issued two NHS circulars relating to Drug Tariff changes. The first, PCA(P)(2018)03, says that the Part 11 discount clawback rate to the Drug Tariff shall be reset to 4.31% effective from January 1 2018. This follows a resetting of the discount clawback scale to 6.93% with effect from June 2017.

In addition: “Discussions on the 2018/19 community pharmacy financial settlement are currently ongoing. As such the current remuneration and reimbursement arrangements shall remain in place from 1 April 2018 until a settlement has been reached or until otherwise notified.”

The second NHS circular, PCA(P)(2018)04, says that a temporary dispensing pool balancing payment will apply for the dispensing month of March 2018 only. “The payment to each eligible contractor is calculated as 3% of the base dispensing pool payment – or where it applies the alternative minimum monthly payment. This will be paid as ‘DP_Balance’ adjustment.”

Eligibility for this payment will be for those on the pharmaceutical list as at March 1 2018.

Links:
SEHD: PCA(P)(2018)03  Pharmaceutical services amendments to the drug tariff part 11 discount clawback scale and remuneration and reimbursement arrangements from 1 April 2018            
SEHD: PCA(P)(2018)04  Pharmaceutical services: Drug Tariff part 7: dispensing pool payment     

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