Pharmacists urged to show prices
PHARMACISTS are being pressed to give consumers advance warning of the price of medicine.
With prescription drugs up to three times more expensive in some pharmacies, new National Consumer Agency (NCA) chief Karen O'Leary wants to end the information blackspot on the cost.
A recent NCA survey highlighted the variations in drugs prices – up to 199pc dearer in some pharmacies.
"Consumers were stunned by this as so many people told us they thought medicine was just set at a certain price," she said.
Ms O'Leary said the NCA had been in discussions with pharmacist bodies about how consumers could be given itemised receipts and advance information such as price lists.
"We want people to be easily able to find out how much they cost," she said.