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Retrospective top-up payment for Concessionary prices

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is introducing a new ‘Retrospective top-up payment for Concessionary prices’ which will apply from April 2024.

Every quarter, where considered appropriate by DHSC in consultation with Community Pharmacy England (CPE), a retrospective top-up payment to the concessionary prices granted three quarters before will be paid. The top-up will be applied automatically for the products listed in Part VIIIE each quarter by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), according to the volume the contractor was paid for, in the month that the margin survey indicates the concessionary price paid that month was such an under payment compared to the average price paid by contractors to suppliers that it warrants ‘topping up’.

This table shows which payment will reflect which months activity.

Items dispensed in the following months

Top-up payment month

April - June

January in the following year

July - September

April in the following year

October - December

July in the following year

January - March

October in the same year

The first retrospective top up paid in April 2024 will reflect activity during April to September 2023, and will appear in the Schedule of Payment received on 1 July.