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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Concordia (now known as Advanz)are currently under investigation by the CMA for the price inflation of liothyronine (T3), a medication for hypothyroidism. Over the course of 10 years, Concordia incrementally increased the price of T3 by 6000%. The CMA investigation relates to the period during which Concordia raised the price by 1600%

The information I am requesting is:

1. Did the Department of Health (DoH) give approval for these price increases? If so, please supply the document which confirms this.

2. Did the DoH not specifically approve these price rises, but fail to object to them?

3. Which department within the DoH would have been responsible for any decision to object?
Who currently heads this department?

Yours faithfully, Helen Santilly (User name Helsan)

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Ms Santilly,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1176267  ) 

Yours sincerely,

 Edward Franklyn 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health and Social Care's handling of my FOI request 'Concordia price rises'.

The letter states: "Liothyronine by Advanz is a generic medicine. Unlike branded medicines, prices of generic
medicines are not controlled by the Department. Instead, the Department encourages competition
between suppliers of unbranded generic medicines to keep prices down. This generally works well
and has led to some of the lowest prices in Europe. Concerns about anti-competitive behaviour are
a matter for the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate."

However Advanz have said that each price rise has to go through the department and all were authorised. This generic drug has risen by 6,000% in the last 7 years. if generic keeps prices down how was this not noticed?

My Q and answer " Which department within the DoH would have been responsible for any
decision to object? Who currently heads this department?
The Medicines and Pharmacy Directorate is responsible for policy on pricing of medicines.
However, as outlined above the Department does not approve or object to prices of generic
medicines."

How does this work when no-one notices massive hikes and medicine is now restricted to NHS patients due to cost. Advanz formerly known as Concordia are now still profiting from these hiked prices.

Why has the 2017 act for controlling pricing not been used to bring down the price of this hormone? Why do you quote the 2006 act is being used "Under the NHS Act 2006 the Department has powers to limit prices of generic medicines. A public consultation on the use of these powers is being prepared."

Is some of this limited information because of the CMA investigation? Newly licensed suppliers are charging almost the same prices. Europe charge 9 pence a tablet.

I have been told by a drug developer that generic drugs do not need to be licensed and NHS could purchase from Europe why is this not being done?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

I look forward to your reply

Yours faithfully,
Helen Santilly

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Ms Santilly,

Your requested internal review of FOI-1176267 is now complete. Please see the attached letter for the outcome.

Yours sincerely,

Charlene Carter
Freedom of Information Casework Manager
Department of Health and Social Care
39 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0EU

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