Welcome to the Association of Pharmaceutical Specials Manufacturers. Here you will find resources, tools and advice for doctors, pharmacists, patients and anyone with an interest in Specials in the UK.

What are Specials?

Specials are unlicensed medicines which are prescribed because a patient needs a very specific formulation of a drug which isn’t available as a licensed medicine.

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Facts about Specials

  • Total spend in Primary Care Specials 2015

£81.4 million

  • 500 product lines account for 93% of Specials spend
  • Total spend on all drugs in England and Wales 2015

£9.8 billion

  • Average spend per person on Specials*

£1.41

*England and Wales 2015

The Specials Tariff

The reimbursement price paid for many of the higher volume Specials in England and Scotland is regulated by the Tariff. The APSM works with The Department of Health to provide data used to compile the pricing structures. More information here.

England & Wales

Scotland

Patient

Pharmacy

Specials Manufacturer Expert Advice

Specials Manufacturer Production

Specials Manufacturer Quality Assurance

Despatch Same day / Next day

Pharmacy

Patient

The Specials Journey

Prescription from Doctor

Advice to Patient

Pharmacy

Reviews Prescription

Contacts Specials Manufacturer

Specials Manufacturer Expert Advice

Review + Discuss with Pharmacist

Specials Manufacturer Production

Made to order in MHRA licensed factory

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Specials Manufacturer Quality Assurance

Micro test + Stability

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Despatch Same day / Next day

Pharmacy

Advice to Patient

Patient

News / Blog

Members

Workstreams

Workstreams

APSM response to MHRA and GPhC about need for pharmacists to
Drug Tariff, pricing and reimbursement issues.