What is the Drug Tariff?

The Drug Tariff is produced monthly by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). It provides information on what will be paid to contractors for NHS Services including both reimbursement (eg. the cost of drugs and appliances supplied against an NHS Prescription form) and remuneration (e.g. professional fees/allowances which are paid as part of the NHS pharmacy contract).

In the realm of healthcare, especially within the National Health Service (NHS), understanding the Drug Tariff is crucial for professionals navigating pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement processes. It is a complex document that sets out the prices and rules governing the reimbursement of medicines and appliances dispensed by pharmacies on behalf of the NHS. This comprehensive guide is pivotal for ensuring pharmacies are compensated, while maintaining the affordability and accessibility of medications for patients.

The Drug Tariff is divided into several sections, each addressing different aspects of pharmacy reimbursement, including but not limited to:

  • Prescription Pricing:

    Lists the reimbursement prices for generic and branded medications.

  • Appliance Section:

    Details on the reimbursement for medical devices and appliances.

  • Professional Fees and Allowances:

    Information on fees for services, such as dispensing and the allowances for specific operational costs.

  • Special Containers:

    Guidance on additional costs covered for special packaging

Significance for Healthcare Providers

For healthcare providers and pharmacies, the Drug Tariff is an indispensable tool. It not only informs them of the financial aspects of dispensing medications and appliances but also ensures compliance with NHS standards and guidelines. Understanding the Drug Tariff allows pharmacies to accurately claim reimbursement, thereby sustaining their operations and contributing to the efficient delivery of healthcare services.

Navigating the Drug Tariff with Drug Tariff Pro

While the Drug Tariff is fundamental to the operation of pharmacies within the NHS framework, navigating its extensive and often complex information can be daunting. This is where Drug Tariff Pro comes into play. Our platform offers a more streamlined, easier, and quicker way to access the NHS Drug Tariff, with a much faster seach facility, empowering pharmacies and healthcare providers with the tools they need to efficiently manage their services.

Drug Tariff Pro simplifies the process of finding and understanding the reimbursement rates laid out within the Drug Tariff, while bringing in other useful information such as prices after clawback and concession pricing, allowing users to get the information they need, quickly, easily, all in one place. Concession prices are also shown in graphical form, so trends in pricing can be seen.

With our intuitive interface and powerful search capabilities, users can effortlessly locate the information they need, saving time and reducing the potential for costly errors.


The Drug Tariff is a critical component of a pharmacy's business. Understanding and navigating the Drug Tariff is essential for pharmacy operations. With the advent of Drug Tariff Pro, this task has never been easier.

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