Regaine 5% foam on NHS prescription

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Regaine 5% foam on NHS prescription

Q. I have an NHS prescription for Regaine 5% foam. Can this be supplied on prescription?

A. No, Regaine is listed in Part XVIIIA (the blacklist) of the England and Wales Drug Tariff and consequently cannot be supplied on an NHS prescription.

However, if the prescription was amended to read “Minoxidil 5% foam” then Regaine foam could be supplied. This is because whilst the brand Regaine and the generic Minoxidil cream, lotion, ointment, and solution all appear in Part XVIIIA of the tariff, the generic description “Minoxidil 5% foam” does not  and could consequently be supplied.

Therefore the blacklisted brand can be dispensed provided the prescription is written generically as Minoxidil 5% Foam.

Regaine for Men Extra Strength 5% scalp foam and Regaine for Women Once a Day 5% scalp foam both meet the generic description Minoxidil 5% foam. This means that a licensed product could be supplied to both male and female patients.

This Tariff Tip applies to all UK areas 

If you have any questions about this particular tip or any other drug tariff query you can call Information Services on 0800 783 5709.

Tariff Tip written by Sue Swift, UK Drug Tariff and Information Technician

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