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There are around 5,000 PA items
For a comprehensive list see The Dispensing Doctors’ Association website (DDA). Practices can claim back the NHS list price, VAT and a dispensing fee.
Misconceptions about PA items
There are two main misconceptions about PA items: it’s time-consuming and payment is affected by VAT registration status.
Quick and simple to claim
Making a claim for a PA item payment is easy, taking no more than a few minutes of your time. All practices are entitled to receive payment provision for PA items regardless of their VAT registration status. You can find a guide to reimbursement and claiming here
What qualifies as a PA item?
The following are categories of PA item:
- All injectable products, vaccines* and anaesthetics
- Diagnostic reagents
- Intrauterine contraceptive devices (including drug-releasing IUCDs, contraceptive caps and diaphragms, but NOT contraceptive implants)
- Pessaries that are appliances
- All sutures (and skin adhesives)
*Note. Some vaccines are centrally supplied as part of a specific immunisation programme (e.g. the childhood influenza and the shingles immunisation programmes). These are not considered PA items for payment purposes.
Your PA directory of information sources
NHS BSA information. Personally Administered items
NHS Dictionary of Medicines and Devices
GP Statement of Financial Entitlements for England
NHS Wales Statement of Financial Entitlements