Category C medicines

WHAT ARE CATEGORY C MEDICINES ?

When a GP prescribes a medication by its brand name, the Drug Tariff does not come in to effect – the named drug is dispensed by the pharmacist to the patient, and the list price is charged to the NHS.

However, when a GP prescribes medication by a generic name, the Drug Tariff is invoked; in certain circumstances within the Category C drug tariff, this can result in unnecessary costs for the NHS.

Category C medicines are generic medicines that are not readily available (often due to complicated manufacturing processes) and as such are linked to the originator brand list price.

Generic prescribing of a Category C medicine will NOT result in savings to the NHS regardless of the manufacturer’s list price of the product dispensed. This is because the pharmacist is still reimbursed at the drug tariff price, which is set at the originator list price.

By prescribing a Category C medication by its brand name, the named drug is dispensed by the pharmacist to the patient, and the list price is charged to the NHS. Since the list price for a branded Category C medicine is typically less costly than the originator list price, this results in significant savings for the NHS.

By prescribing a Category C medication by its brand name, the named drug is dispensed by the pharmacist to the patient, and the list price is charged to the NHS. Since the list price for a branded Category C medicine is typically less costly than the originator list price, this results in significant savings for the NHS.

PRESCRIBING CATEGORY C MEDICINES
BY BRAND NAME CAN SAVE THE NHS MONEY
QUETIAPINE
MR 50mg
Seroquel XL
PATENT IN FORCE
Branded Prescribing
Seroquel XL 50mg dispensed Originator
list price
Generic Prescribing
Seroquel XL 50mg dispensed Originator
list price
Seroquel XL
PATENT expired
Generic Prescribing
Any Brand dispensed Drug Tariff price,
set as originator price list
Branded Prescribing
Brand dispensed, e.g. Ebesque XL 50mg
Category C brand list price
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