Policy paper

Achieving savings from high cost drugs

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

How commissioners and providers of NHS services can work together to achieve savings in the use of high cost drugs.

Documents

Achieving savings from high cost drugs

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Homecare medicines - towards a vision for the future

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This report sets out how commissioners and providers of NHS services can work together to achieve savings in the use of high cost drugs excluded from the Payment by Results (PbR) tariff. The report is intended to support commissioners and providers in delivering their NHS Constitution obligations and in their introduction of the compliance regime for NICE technology appraisals.

A programme of work has been developed to implement the recommendations of Mark Hackett’s report - ‘Homecare medicines  -  towards a vision for the future’. The majority of medicines supplied via homecare are excluded from the PbR tariff. This framework is relevant to ensuring maximum efficiencies are realised from the Home Care Medicines Bill.

A letter from Mark Hackett highlights the potential savings, alongside improved governance arrangements for NHS organisations. It is important to consider all of these documents for the forthcoming (2013/14) planning round.