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Medicines on Prescription
Started by: jo anne (31802)   Report abuse
Which do you think should be routinely available on prescription rather than paid for over the counter?

Wigan Borough CCG are holding an engagement session on Thu 12th Oct, 3pm at Sunshine House to talk about this. Anyone is welcome to join in. Just get in touch on 01942 482711 or shapeyournhs@wiganboroughccg.nhs.uk

www.wiganboroughccg.nhs.uk / Facebook / @WiganBoroughCCG

Posted by: jo anne (31802)   Report abuse
Link for more information on the NHS England consultation, including taking part online:


Posted by: bridger (inactive) Report abuse
Anything available over the counter which costs less than a prescription shouldn't be given on prescription!!

Posted by: broady (13571)   Report abuse
At least the chemists will be happy. They get £8.40 for something that costs a €1.00. The Government already loses millions of pounds on the existing set up so this will only increase the deficit.

Posted by: PeterP (6545) Report abuse
Who is to blame for the amount of prescriptions when the Doctors themselves have fads for certain ailmentsA few years ago it was statins then Diabetes now Vitimin "D" tablets all these tablets are on prescription.One item om my wife's prescription I only ask for about 3 times a year because I would have a cupboard full of pain killers because her prescription is for over 100 per monthDoes the other 9 times still get charged for through the system

Posted by: spud1 (1707) Report abuse
The goal post have been changed to favour the drug companies,not too long ago it was normal to use 100 + your age for blood pressure,now they want an 80 year old to have the same BP as a thirty year old.and Statins are causing all sorts of problems,and folk are coming out of the chemist with shed fulls of medicines and pills.

Posted by: joan beckett-wilding (235) Report abuse
My friend changed doctors cos they refused her paracetamol also gaviscon I was gobsmacked when she told me she had changed doctors paracetamol 25p in supermarkets

Posted by: tonker (19485)   Report abuse
My sister in law has arthritis in her neck and she finds that Diclofenac is good for keeping the pain at a bearable level.
They are only available on prescription and she pays the prescription fee. £8.50 is it?

However, over in Spain, they are readily available to buy over the counter, from pharmacies, at €1.60 a box. So we bring her some back occasionally!

Posted by: Staffie (1056)  Report abuse
Broadly the pharmacist doesn’t get to keep the £8.40 prescription cost, this all goes to the government. They get paid around 90p for each prescription issued. Then they are paid the cost of each drug from a ‘drug tariff ‘by the government. It is up to them to find the cheapest wholesale supplier such as Aah and that is how they make a profit, much the same as any retail outfit. That is why they hold a lot of commonly used drugs but the more expensive,rarely used drugs would be especially ordered in for you.


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