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Community pharmacists should be able to substitute cheaper drugs, says PSNC in proposals to counter government cuts


How many prescriptions for branded products (for which a cheaper generic is available) do we actually see in community pharmacies?! A far better way of saving the NHS money would be to put a prescription charge of 10p or 20p per item payable by everyone. And make 28-day or at most 56-day prescriptions the norm, so that these prescription charges are paid monthly / bimonthly This would be the same kind of charge as the "excess" we have to pay on any insurance policy. If there is going to be an issue with some folks not having a few pence a month available from their income / benefits, the government could just add on a nominal 50p a month to those benefits to reduce the impact. This charge would be expected to have the same effect as the "bag charge", i.e. folks would think long and hard about whether they need to spend 10p on their repeat prescription. And if they really do want to benefit from their prescribed medication, they would then be more likely to take that medication for which they have paid. And this will at a stroke stop patients stockpiling their Ventolin / Seretide inhalers, etc just because they are "free". But would the politicians ever have the courage to do this ... so long as they are more concerned about being re-elected than actually doing something sensible about the burgeoning drugs budget, then nothing will change. Do these politicians not see that treating symptoms rather than addressing the causes of preventable diseases just means that no-one ever gets better on their medication; they just rattle on, leading a miserable existence.

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27 APR 2016

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