Updated Specials Drug Tariff

The updated arrangements for payments for Specials and imported unlicensed medicines that cover the Specials Drug Tariff is now available - effective 1st May 2020

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Pharmaceutical Specials

Pharmaceutical specials are  unlicensed medicinal products. They differ from the vast majority of normal medicines at a pharmacy that need to be licensed before they are available. As some patients have special clinical needs that cannot be met by a licensed product, the UK law allows the manufacture and supply of unlicensed medicinal products (known as Special pharmaceuticals) subject to certain conditions, which help meet individual patient needs.

A Special is bespoke and specially prepared, prescribed by a doctor or pharmacist when a licensed product is not available. It can be an unusual formulation, or strength. It may be a preservative or additive-free product or a licensed product, which is discontinued or temporarily unavailable.

Our Specials pharmaceuticals have a particular value in providing medicines in patient ready format often in 24 hours. Our products normally benefit patients who:

  • Cannot or will not swallow tablets
  • Are allergic to drug excipients
  • Cannot eat
  • Require medicines in different concentrations, formulations, or strengths than those available as licensed medicines
  • Require specific formulations of intravenous or intrathaecal treatment
  • Have specific intravenous nutritional needs
  • Require specific oncology regimes
  • Patients whose licensed medicine has been discontinued
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