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Drug Tariff

Volume 697: debated on Monday 17 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the current and projected total costs of the review of Part IX of the Drug Tariff. [HL543]

The cost to date (end of August 2007) to carry out both phases of the review of the Arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff is £1.9 million.

Phase 1 (Dressings and Reagents) was successfully implemented in October 2006 and savings of £24 million per annum are being achieved.

Phase 2 (Arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the provision of stoma and incontinence appliances and related services) is currently subject to a public consultation which is anticipated to close on 28 December 2007.

It is not possible to forecast the total cost of the review at this stage.