Consultation outcome

Branded medicines: controlling prices

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

The department has decided not to introduce a further price cut at present but to observe developments in the voluntary Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme and the statutory scheme in 2015. This issue will be kept under review as more data becomes available.

The department will amend the 2007 regulations to strengthen information requirements from companies.

Original consultation


Seeks views on proposals to improve the arrangements for limiting the amount of money the health service pays for branded medicines.

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Consultation description

We want comments on 2 aspects of the statutory scheme that controls the cost of branded medicines:

  • Should there be a further reduction in the maximum price of prescription only, branded health service medicines?

  • Should companies record and keep information on actual prices of medicines to provide if the department suspects a breach of the regulations?

The aim is to keep the statutory pricing scheme in line with the voluntary Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme. This will allow the branded medicines pricing system to operate in a fair and logical consistent way.


Published 10 October 2014
Last updated 30 January 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include consultation response.
  2. First published.