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Pharmacy and medicines management
Infographic: NI Pharmacy Services - key figures taken from FPS General Pharmaceutical Services Annual Statistics 2019-20. Number of pharmacies in NI 531. Items dispensed in the community 41.3 million a 2.9% increase since 2018-19. Ingredient cost of all items dispensed £444.1 million, average cost of each item dispensed - £10.31. (NISRA and BSO logos)

NI Pharmacy Services: Key Figures 2019-20

Pharmacy and Medicines Management

The Health and Social Care Board oversees all aspects of –

in relation to Northern Ireland’s 530 community pharmacies.

The HSCB’s pharmacy and medicines management team lead on the standardisation of safety, quality and cost effectiveness of medicines in the health service, including a standardised mechanism for managed entry of medicines and the NI Medicines Formulary.

NI Formulary

The NI Formulary Website  aims to promote the safe, clinically effective and cost-effective use of medicines in Northern Ireland.

Medicines Governance

For guidance and information on medicines governance and medicines safety alerts visit the Medicines Governance Website.

Pharmaceutical Rebate Schemes in Primary Care

The HSCB adheres to the PrescQIPP NHS programme, and use the PrescQIPP process within their Operational Process for the Review of Pharmaceutical Rebate Schemes.

Further information

June 19 Rebate Operational Process Paper Version0.30.4 MiB1283
HSCB-Pharmaceutical-Rebate-Scheme-Contact-Details0.1 MiB1091


All queries or correspondence concerning rebates should be forwarded directly to the Rebate Review Team using the email or address below:

By Post: Clearly marked: For the Attention of

Lisa Moran, Office Support Manager,
HSCB Pharmaceutical Rebate Scheme Review Team,
Integrated Care Directorate,
Health and Social Care Board,
Gransha Park House,
15 Gransha Park,
Londonderry    BT47 6FN

E: business.supportwest@hscni.net

Process for interaction with pharmaceutical companies

Interaction With Pharmaceutical Companies - December 20160.1 MiB1799
Interaction-with-Pharmaceutical-Companies-Appendix-2-Template-Request-for-Meeting-June-201325 KiB1241

Publications and reports

Memorandum of Understanding5.2 MiB1156
Survey of Community Pharmacies December 20160.5 MiB1224

Useful links

Interface Pharmacist Network – Specialist Medicines:

Choice and Medication