Monthly Horizon Scanning Report – February 2024

Monthly horizon scanning reports are designed to inform the NHS about new products, significant changes to product licenses, significant new guidance, and decisions that have been made by recognised bodies. 

This information is produced for use by NHS healthcare professionals. 

Monthly formulary amendments – January 2024

Monthly Formulary Amendments Documents list any NICE Technology Appraisals, NICE Guidelines, MHRA Drug Safety Updates, and National Patient Safety Alerts published in the previous calendar month which may have an impact on local formularies and guidelines.  This document is for APCs, and formulary committees to ensure formularies remain up to date, and in line with latest NICE guidance and safety information.

This edition covers guidance and alerts published in January 2024.

It includes a suggested formulary position for APCs/formulary committees, together with a summary of any financial/commissioning implications. The purpose of the document is to support consistent decision making by APCs.

This information is produced for use by NHS healthcare professionals and RDTC stakeholders.

Monthly Horizon Scanning Report – January 2024

Monthly horizon scanning reports are designed to inform the NHS about new products, significant changes to product licenses, significant new guidance, and decisions that have been made by recognised bodies. 

This information is produced for use by NHS healthcare professionals. 

Price Concessionary Bulletin

Overview

The purpose of this bulletin is to present the predicted cost impact of drug price changes, both through the Price Concessions list and also monthly drug tariff (DT) cost variations. The data is calculated by matching the ePACT2 prescribing data for the latest month available to the current prices listed in the NHSBSA Drug Tariff PartVIIIA. An adjustment is also made if necessary to the prescribing data of each drug to account for any difference in dispensing days between the 2 months. Data is presented at region, ICB and SICBL level.

If you have any queries about the content of the report please contact us at nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net

Frequency

Monthly

Data Period

January 2024 (Drug Tariff), November 2023 (ePACT2 prescribing data)

Cost Comparison Charts

Overview

The charts included within this report are organised by BNF classification (legacy) and show comparative costs at the NHS basic price1,2 (as of January 2024) for selected agents. Except where indicated otherwise, each chart shows the cost of 1 year3 of treatment at a commonly prescribed daily dose (shown in brackets). The doses given are not intended to imply therapeutic equivalence and for some BNF sub-classifications, such as angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors), the doses may vary according to indication. Additionally, in some therapeutic areas, for instance antibacterial drugs, the duration of treatment may differ from that shown. Primarily, this report focuses on costs related to prescribing in adults. There are however a few exceptions where products specifically for use in children are represented, such as in the emollient and Infant formulas sections.  Additional notes to highlight any relevant cost related information are also added where appropriate, to improve the clarity of the information presented.

Rationale for inclusion: the cost comparison charts (CCCs) aim to represent the diversity of products available; including the least expensive, most prescribed, higher cost products being prescribed and products with additional features.  The products included are furthermore considered in the context of national and local guidance and stakeholder formulary decisions. It is not possible to represent all pharmaceuticals within these charts.

Stakeholders (under password protection) can access the current version of the CCCs via our website in three formats: PDF, Word and Excel. The Excel version incorporates a more detailed comparison of contraceptives and allows charts to be split by BNF subsections in some instances.

References


1. NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA). Drug tariff.

2. NHS BSA. Dictionary of medicines and devices (dM+d).

3. 1 year in this instance is equal to 364 days (rather than 365) standardising 1 month as equal to 28 days.

Time Period

January 2024

Frequency

Quarterly

Monthly Horizon Scanning Report – December 2023

Monthly horizon scanning reports are designed to inform the NHS about new products, significant changes to product licenses, significant new guidance, and decisions that have been made by recognised bodies. 

This information is produced for use by NHS healthcare professionals. 

Prescribing Update Newsletter – December 2023

Prescribing support newsletters aim to inform readers of work done by the unit and work in progress, to help tailor local work plans and highlight any ‘topical’ issues in prescribing or medicines management.

If you have any suggestions for future topics for the newsletter, then please contact nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net

This month’s edition focuses on our new NHS Medicines Optimisation Opportunities Dashboard, and our Strategic Insight publication: Defining the type-2 diabetic population: a first step to understanding the impact of pathway choices. There is also information on serious shortage protocols, some key medicines availability issues, and the dates of our upcoming demo and Q&A sessions on RDTC reports, publications, and resources.  It also includes another in the series of “Meet the Team” where you can get to know the people behind the work we do.

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Drug Tariff Monitor

Overview

The purpose of this report is to present the predicted cost impact of category A, M and C drug tariff PartVIIIA price changes on primary care spending. The data is calculated by matching the ePACT2 prescribing data for the latest month available to the current prices listed in the NHSBSA Drug Tariff PartVIIIA. An adjustment is also made if necessary to the prescribing data of each drug to account for any difference in dispensing days between the 2 months. Data is presented at SICBL and ICB level.

If you have any queries about the content of the report please contact us at nuth.nyrdtc.rxsupp@nhs.net

Frequency

Quarterly

Data Period

October 2023 (Drug Tariff), August 2023 (ePACT2 Prescribing data)

Monthly Horizon Scanning Report – November 2023

Monthly horizon scanning reports are designed to inform the NHS about new products, significant changes to product licenses, significant new guidance, and decisions that have been made by recognised bodies. 

This information is produced for use by NHS healthcare professionals. 

Monthly Horizon Scanning Report – October 2023

Monthly horizon scanning reports are designed to inform the NHS about new products, significant changes to product licenses, significant new guidance, and decisions that have been made by recognised bodies. 

This information is produced for use by NHS healthcare professionals.