Numark has welcomed the announcement by CPS that there will be an increase in funding by £2.6m for the Scottish community pharmacy contract.
Jeremy Meader, Numark MD said:
“I am delighted that not only does the increase in the global sum reflect the ambition to deliver the vision set out in the ‘Achieving excellence in pharmaceutical care’ strategy, but also, reduces the reliance on reimbursement around the supply of medicines. With the added acknowledgement that the clawback mechanism would be suspended or adjusted should there be further deterioration in the market place, this truly is a recognition that pharmacy in Scotland continues to move more towards the delivery of services while protecting themselves against the continual fluctuations of pricing in the medicines supply chain.
“Numark would like to once again encourage all of the other home countries and their negotiation bodies to aspire towards the Scottish model and use this as their template in achieving what is right and proper for community pharmacy across the UK. We must reduce our exposure to the increasing and unpredictable fluctuations of pricing in the marketplace while at the same time moving towards a service orientated contract.
“And, Scotland is certainly leading the way and we must pay tribute to CPS and the Scottish Government.”