Tarif Tip

Tariff Tip: Diprobase Advance Eczema Cream

Q:I have a prescription for Diprobase Cream which has been discontinued, can I give  Diprobase Advance Eczema Cream instead?

A: Diprobase Advance Eczema Cream has been included in the England and Wales Drug Tariff Appliances section (part IXA) in March 2022   so is prescribable but It cannot be exchanged for normal Diprobase cream which was  discontinued at the beginning of February 2022 as they have different formulations and prices.. 

Diprobase Ointment was discontinued in December 2021 and, as yet, Bayer has not brought out a replacement. AproDerm® Ointment would be a suitable alternative for Diprobase Ointment to suggest to prescribers as it has the same formulation of 95% White Soft Paraffin/ 5% Liquid Paraffin.

The key features of Diprobase Advance Eczema Cream are:

  • Fragrance free
  • Non-greasy and easily absorbed with up to eight hours of hydration
  • Provides a cooling sensation during application
  • Available in 500ml pumps with 46% less packaging compared to previous pump
  • Drug Tariff reimbursement price of £7.01 for 500ml pump pack (at time of writing this Tariff Tip )

INGREDIENTS: Purified Water, White Soft Paraffin (Petrolatum), Isopropyl Palmitate, Liquid Paraffin (Paraffinum Liquidum), Glycerin, Behenyl Alcohol, Cellulose, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimeticone, Citric Acid (Anhydrous), Arachidyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Hydroxyacetophenon, Potassium Hydroxide, and Xanthan Gum.

(not listed in the Scottish Drug Tariff appliance section in March 2022)