Friday 9 December 2016

Scope for more price cuts on our medicines

Published 22/06/2015 | 02:30

We are still paying nine to ten times what is charged a few miles up the road in Northern Ireland, according to Shane O'Sullivan of cut-price pharmacy Healthwave, in Dublin
We are still paying nine to ten times what is charged a few miles up the road in Northern Ireland, according to Shane O'Sullivan of cut-price pharmacy Healthwave, in Dublin

This summer, large numbers of holidaymakers are set to combine a break with an opportunity to fill a prescription for a couple of months' supply of medicines.

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They do it because we still pay multiples of what is paid by families in the North and in the likes of Spain.

Prices here have undoubtedly come down. Figures from the Central Statistics Office show prescription prices down more than 3pc in the last year alone. Pharmacists and GPs have been encouraged by the State to substitute cheaper generic drugs for people as much as possible.

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