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10 items added to April Category M

311 items down in price

March 24th 2023

Tagged: DM Zone news England Wales

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Category M for April 2023 contains adjustments for underlying market prices (between October-December 2022) and the result of the margin survey (latest result up until end of September 2022). It also contains an element, with the aim of delivering the additional £100 million agreed across years 4 and 5 as part of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework. 

There are 10 additions, taking the overall number of items in Category M from April 23 to 704. The additions are:  

  • Amlodipine 2.5mg tablets x 28 
  • Estradiol 10microgram pessaries x 24 
  • Fesoterodine 4mg modified-release tablets x 28 
  • Fesoterodine 8mg modified-release tablets x 28  
  • Lacosamide 50mg tablets x 14  
  • Lacosamide 100mg tablets x 56 
  • Lacosamide 200mg tablets x 56 
  • Melatonin 1mg/ml oral solution sugar free x 150 
  • Paracetamol 500mg effervescebt tablets x 100  
  • Zonisamide 50mg capsules x 56  

Overall, 291 products are up in price, 72 (24.7%) items by at least 20 per cent. 

Some 311 items are down in price, 21 (6.75%) items by at least 20 per cent 

DDA members can view the details of the price changes in a full spreadsheet, sorted by price, price change and % price change with history since April 2020.