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Rip-off Republic a real headache

Published 22/02/2010 | 07:59

BUYERS of pharmaceutical goods -- in other words, almost the entire population -- enjoyed some considerable relief lately from the reductions in pharmacy prices. But we should not feel any excess of gratitude, or fancy that the cuts have brought us fair play.

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These reductions applied to prescription drugs. We still pay far more for common non-prescription medicines: in some cases nearly twice as much as in the United Kingdom. The difference in the price of Senokot Senna laxatives is 91pc; in that of Kalms, a herbal remedy, 88pc. The ever-popular Nurofen costs 54pc more than on the far side of the border. And so it goes.

In some other European countries, the differences are even sharper than the gap between ourselves and our close neighbours, as anyone can testify who holidays on the Canary Islands.

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