NHS Prescription Services produces the Drug Tariff on a monthly basis on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care. It’s supplied primarily to pharmacists and GP practices.
The Drug Tariff outlines:
- what will be paid to pharmacy contractors for NHS services provided either for reimbursement or for remuneration
- rules to follow when dispensing
- value of the fees and allowances you will be paid
- drug and appliance prices you will be paid
View the Drug Tariff
You can view the Drug Tariff 3 working days before the 1st of each month.
The PDF format of the Drug Tariff is a duplicate of the printed Tariff. This can be downloaded and used offline (for example on a smartphone or tablet).
The electronic Tariff requires a continuous connection to the internet. There are no page numbers and the format is different to the paper Tariff. Any reference to page numbers in the electronic Tariff should be cross-referenced with the PDF or paper Tariff.
For updates to the August 2020 Drug Tariff see Pharmacies, GP practices and appliance contractors news
View separate parts of the September 2020 Drug Tariff
Drug Tariff online: user guide
The electronic Drug Tariff displays a frameset view using a frameset file that divides the browser window into three main areas:
- a navigation frame on the left displays the contents, index, and search tabs
- a toolbar frame across the top displays a set of buttons users can click to move around in the electronic Drug Tariff system
- a topic frame on the right displays the actual Drug Tariff
If you are using a mobile device the navigation frame will be replaced by a button above the topic frame.
The contents tab displays the Drug Tariff table of contents in the form of an expandable/collapsible tree view. Closed book icons represent contents entries that have subentries. Click a closed book to open it and see its contents. When you expand a book, the closed book icon is replaced by an open book icon. You can click the book again to close it. The page icons represent individual Drug Tariff topics.
The index tab displays the entries from the Drug Tariff index. You can click on the index letter and scroll to find the index entry you want. Double-click an index entry to display the corresponding Drug Tariff topic.
Using the search tab, you can search the full text of electronic Drug Tariff system. You type the word or phrase to search for, and then press Enter or click Go. The Search tab displays a list of all the topics in the Drug Tariff system that contain the word or phrase you entered. If you search for multiple words, the search finds Help topics that contain all the words you entered. The topics found by search are ranked in order of relevance. The higher the ranking, the more likely the topic includes the word or phrase you searched for.
Drug Tariff PDF: user guide
The Drug Tariff PDF uses Adobe Acrobat to display the Drug Tariff in a similar format as the hard copy.
A navigation frame on the left displays the contents of the Drug Tariff as bookmarks. This can also be changed to display the pages as thumbnail images
A toolbar across the top displays a set of buttons users can click to move around the Drug Tariff PDF
The main page view displays the actual pages of the Drug Tariff PDF.
The navigation frame can be resized by dragging the vertical line that separates the navigation frame from the main page view. If you reduce the size of the navigation frame so much that it is no longer displayed you can click the bookmark icon and this will open the navigation frame.
The bookmarks list the Drug Tariff table of contents in the form of an expandable/collapsible tree view. A + sign represents bookmarks that have subentries. Click + to open the bookmark and see its contents. When you expand a bookmark, the + is replaced by a -. You can click - to close the bookmark. Clicking a bookmark will display the same page in the main page view.
Clicking on the contents bookmark will display the contents page of the Drug Tariff PDF. Then by clicking one of the Parts within the contents page, this will display the first page of that Part.
The Page Thumbnails provide miniature previews of the document pages within the Drug Tariff PDF. You can click on any page thumbnail to display the same page in the main page view.
Using ctrl & f, you can search the full text of the Drug Tariff PDF. Type the word or phrase to search for, and then press Enter. The first instance of the word or phrase is highlighted in the main page view. More instances of the word or phrase can be found by pressing enter again, or by clicking Find Next. You can also go back to a previous result by clicking Find Previous. Alternatively, you can click on the binocular icon on the left and type the word or phrase you would like to search for, then clicking search. This will return a list of instances where your word or phrase can be found.
If you need help
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