Specials: How long is the authorisation valid for a special item?

After 12 months following authorisation community pharmacy staff are advised to review all “repeat” “Specials”. Re-authorisation to be undertaken following clinical validation with the Prescriber that the “Special” is still required. In certain circumstances, occasionally Health Boards may issue an authorisation for a “one off” supply, or for a period shorted than 12 months. This will be advised at the time of the initial authorisation and if further supplies are needed then re-authorisation will be required.

Please also be aware that your Health Board may require a re-application for authorisation if the price of the item varies by more than 20% from the initially agreed price during the period of time covered by the authorisation letter.