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Dispenser Remuneration

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Dispenser Reimbursement, Remuneration and Volume

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Published: 26 September 2017
Prescribing Statistics - Minor Ailments Service
Publication Summary Download pdf file [161kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [546kb]

Dispenser Remuneration deals with payments being made to pharmaceutical contractors (community pharmacies, appliance suppliers and dispensing doctors) for the services they have provided on behalf of the NHS. Remuneration information is derived from data gathered by Practitioner and Counter Fraud Services (P&CFS), after the pricing of prescriptions has taken place. Payments to dispensing contractors are made by P&CFS on behalf of the NHS Boards.

Please note that as of August 2017 the Prescribing & Medicines: Dispensing Reimbursement, Remuneration and Volume report has merged with the Prescribing & Medicines: Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) report into a new publication. In July 2017 a consultation was run to seek user input and views. The new ‘Dispenser Payments and Prescription Cost Analysis’ publication is the result of combining these reports and puts national prescribing costs and volumes for 2016/17 into a single annual report that is expected to be more useful and convenient for users. Previous year’s Dispensing Reimbursement, Remuneration and Volume reports are still available and relevant supporting data tables can be found below.

The Dispenser Payments and Prescription Cost Analysis publication provides a summary of volume and payments made to Scottish pharmacy contractors within the community. The information shows the payments for remuneration (for services provided) and reimbursement (for drugs dispensed), at NHS Scotland level, and summarised at NHS Board level. The publication will be updated annually and is available for the most recent financial year to date. The pharmacy services contract covers services ranging from the Public Health Service to Care Home Dispensing and Methadone Supervision. More information on the contract can be found on the Scottish Government pharmacy circulars at: http://www.sehd.scot.nhs.uk.

This report and accompanying tables will be published annually in August. The publication summary includes key points from the data tables and some key background information. The publication report includes key points and further commentary on the data, more detailed background information, and meta-data.

The Dispenser Payments and Prescription Cost Analysis Publication Summary: Financial Year 2016/17 Remuneration Publication Summary Download PDF file

The Dispenser Payments and Prescription Cost Analysis Publication Report: Financial Year 2016/17 Remuneration Publication Report Download PDF file

Publication Tables:

The payment schedule below include data on the volume and cost of prescriptions dispensed in Scotland, broken down by dispenser type (community pharmacy, appliance supplier and dispensing doctor). The tables include detailed remuneration information, and data are shown by month.

The Volume and Cost tables include summary data on the volume and the net cost of prescriptions dispensed in Scotland. The net cost is the final cost to the Scottish Government, which is the Gross Ingredient Cost plus dispensing fees and allowances, less any patient charges. The Scotland tables include a ten year trend at Scotland level, and data for the most recent financial year at NHS board level. The NHS board tables include the NHS board level data for the past ten years. The tables include data up to 2016/17.

The Top Ten tables present the top ten drugs for the most recent financial year. The data is presented by number of items dispensed and by Gross Ingredient Cost. The tables contain data for 2016/17.

The Top Ten Movers table presents the top ten drug/device increases and decreases for the most recent financial year. The data is presented by number of items dispensed and by Gross Ingredient Cost. The tables contain data for 2016/17.

The Generic Drugs tables include data on prescribing of generic drugs. They include at least ten years trend data at Scotland level, and comparison over two years at NHS Board level. The file contains data up to 2016/17.

The Prescription Cost analysis tables include data for a financial year by BNF Chapter and Sub-section, Drug/Device Name and Individual Preparation for Scotland. This includes Number of dispensed items, Gross Ingredient Cost and cost per item. The file contains the data for 2016/17.

Financial year 2016-17 schedule Download Excel file [51kb]

Volume and Cost (NHSScotland) 2017 Download Excel file [99kb]

Volume and Cost (NHS Board) 2017 Download Excel file [263kb]

Top 10 Drugs 2017 Download Excel file [36kb]

Top 10 Increases and Decreases 2017 Download Excel file [31kb]

Generic Prescribing 2017 Download Excel file [57kb]

Prescription Cost Analysis 2017 Download Excel file [1609kb]

Previous Reports: Dispenser Reimbursement, Remuneration and Volume

The below tables are for data relevant to previous Prescribing & Medicines: Dispensing Reimbursement, Remuneration and Volume reports from 2015/16 and preceding years. Previous Prescription Cost Analysis data can be found on the relevant page.

Please note for previous remuneration reports: From 2014/15 onwards data tables are produced by financial year. The last calendar year file published was for the full year 2013 (published March 2014). Users who would like to analyse the data by calendar year can sum the data from the relevant months in the financial year sheets. It is anticipated that this should make the data easier to use, reduce room for errors in interpretation and also improve efficiency in producing the data tables. From 2015/16 onwards the Summary Statistics data tables and accompanying Volume and Cost commentary previously contained in the PCA publication has been moved into the Remuneration publication in response to our 2015 Prescribing Data Consultation.

By Financial Year By Calendar Year
Financial Year 15/16 Download Excel file [124Kb]  
Financial Year 14/15 Download Excel file [102Kb]  
Financial Year 13/14 Download Excel file [294Kb] Calendar Year 2013 Download Excel file [254Kb]
Financial Year 12/13 Download Excel file [220Kb] Calendar Year 2012 Download Excel file [203kb]
Financial Year 11/12 Download Excel file [200kb] Calendar Year 2011 Download Excel file [184kb]
Financial year 10/11 Download Excel file [156kb] Calendar Year 2010 Download Excel file [155kb]
Financial year 09/10 Download Excel file [155kb] Calendar year 2009  Download Excel file[155kb]
Financial year 08/09 Download Excel file [159kb] Calendar year 2008 Download Excel file [166kb]
Financial year 07/08 revised Download Excel file [172kb] Calendar year 2007 Download Excel file [176kb]
Financial year 06/07 Download Excel file [241kb] Calendar year 2006 Download Excel file [170kb]
Financial year 05/06 Download Excel file [159kb] Calendar year 2005 Download Excel file [96kb]
Financial year 04/05 Download Excel file [156kb] Calendar year 2004 Download Excel file [89kb]
Financial year 03/04 Download Excel file [156kb] Calendar year 2003 Download Excel file [94kb]
Financial year 02/03 Download Excel file [96kb] Calendar year 2002 Download Excel file [91kb]

 

Volume & Cost - Scotland Volume & Cost - NHS Board
Volume and Cost (Scotland) 15/16 Download Excel file [91Kb] Volume and Cost (NHSBoards) 15/16 Download Excel file [255Kb]


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