Synacthen: Prices

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd July 2019.

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Photo of Anne Marie Morris Anne Marie Morris Conservative, Newton Abbot

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is aware that synacthen has recently increased in cost from £2.70 per vial to £38 per vial; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department agreed the list price increase for Synacthen in March 2015.

The previous Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme, the current 2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access and our statutory branded medicines pricing scheme all have detailed arrangements for how companies can request an increase to the National Health Service list price for a product.

Companies must comply with the rules of the relevant scheme when making a price increase request and all price increase requests must receive Departmental approval before they can take effect.

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