Official MoneySavingExpert.com Prescriptions Discussion Thread

1234568

Replies

  • atypicalatypical Forumite
    1.3K Posts
    The article mentions hydrocortisone as cheaper to buy over the counter rather than on prescription. OTC hydrocortisone is not licensed for use on the face and the pharmacy may be hesitant to sell it you if you tell them that's where you intend to use it. If you have a prescription for it for that use it shouldn't be a problem but if you don't it probably will be.

    The article also mentions that Viagra and Cialis are available on a script for those who've had kidney transplants. It's not restricted to just these patients. The full list is actually:
    d) a man who is suffering from any of the following -
    • diabetes
    • multiple sclerosis
    • Parkinson's disease
    • poliomyelitis
    • prostate cancer
    • severe pelvic injury
    • single gene neurological disease
    • spina bifida
    • spinal cord injury; or
    e) a man who is receiving treatment for renal failure by dialysis; or
    f) a man who has had the following surgery -
    • prostatectomy
    • radical pelvic surgery
    • renal failure treated by transplant.
  • max2002admax2002ad Forumite
    303 Posts
    Uniform Washer
    I work for Lloyds Pharmacy and just to clear up the picture the cost of private prescriptions are worked out by the computer.
    The formula is the cost of the drug plus a mark up of 50% which is the fee for dispensing.
    Different pharmacies have different mark ups and some times drug companies offer special deals with pharmacies to reduce the cost of the drug.
    In most cases supermarkets are the cheapest unless it's an independent pharmacy who has strong competition. The internet most often offers the best price as there is greater transparancy and it's easier to know what the competitors are offering.
    My Motto in Life:

    Make Every Penny Count !!!!
  • RohettRohett Forumite
    2 Posts
    This morning I went to my GP who charged me £15 for a private prescription then I went to ASDA to collect my prescription as I had been told it was the cheapest place to get them and they charged me £35 for 14 Malarone pills. A big difference from the £20 for 16 pills stated on the table - what did I do wrong?
  • Our prescriptions (x 2) are also £15 each. We need 38 malarone tablets between us. Rang an Asda Pharmacy and was quoted £95 - which works out at £2.50 per tablet. Like above poster says, nothing like the £20 for 16 tablets as stated in weekly email.

    Perhaps a Mod could pick up on this and clarify please??
  • max2002ad wrote: »
    I work for Lloyds Pharmacy and just to clear up the picture the cost of private prescriptions are worked out by the computer.
    The formula is the cost of the drug plus a mark up of 50% which is the fee for dispensing.

    Max - just to clarify that I've got this correct pls, are you saying that, in addition to paying for the tablets (in my case £95), there is an additional charge of 50% for dispensing? Ie, another £47.50?

    TIA
  • I use ventolin inhalers that cost the nhs £1.50 each (i'm not allowed to use links but google gsk prescription medicines nhs list prices) so i've always asked for 2 per prescription. However my last prescription contained 1 inhaler, i complained, no luck, asked to speak to someone from nhs. Someone rang and told me there are 'cutbacks' and what i was paying was 10% of the real price of the item. I told him that was ridiculous (£72 per inhaler anyone?) and to look online, he replied that he didnt endorse products online (!), that i should feel 'happy' that i was helping the nhs (er i already pay tax) and my only option was to write to my mp.
    i don't think i'm being unreasonable paying £7.20 for 2 inhalers that actually cost the nhs £3. 1 hr later the surgery rang me and told me i was out of their postcode and to find another doctor (been with them 8yrs and its never been a problem before).
    Anyone got any ideas? Lloyds offer £3.64 per inhaler but its by private prescription.
  • Doc_NDoc_N Forumite
    7.7K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    ✭✭✭✭
    potboiler wrote: »
    I use ventolin inhalers that cost the nhs £1.50 each (i'm not allowed to use links but google gsk prescription medicines nhs list prices) so i've always asked for 2 per prescription. However my last prescription contained 1 inhaler, i complained, no luck, asked to speak to someone from nhs. Someone rang and told me there are 'cutbacks' and what i was paying was 10% of the real price of the item. I told him that was ridiculous (£72 per inhaler anyone?) and to look online, he replied that he didnt endorse products online (!), that i should feel 'happy' that i was helping the nhs (er i already pay tax) and my only option was to write to my mp.
    i don't think i'm being unreasonable paying £7.20 for 2 inhalers that actually cost the nhs £3. 1 hr later the surgery rang me and told me i was out of their postcode and to find another doctor (been with them 8yrs and its never been a problem before).
    Anyone got any ideas? Lloyds offer £3.64 per inhaler but its by private prescription.

    You're certainly right about the price, assuming you're talking about the 200 dose/100 microgram inhaler, which MIMS shows at £1.50, but that's without the dispensing fee, of course.

    That's the way prescription charges work, though. Some you win (most) and some you lose (fewer, but still a fair number). If that's your only drug, a prepayment certificate won't be much use to you, unless of course you have other regular medications.
  • Yes its the 200 dose inhaler. My main point about this is how the 'cutbacks' are being used to rip people off. With 2 inhalers the NHS are still making profit from me, now for this monopoly to suddenly double the price is outrageous. I know its a small thing but its also worryingly a big thing especially because by complaining i've been 'struck off' that surgery (I registered with another one yesterday).
  • Doc_NDoc_N Forumite
    7.7K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    ✭✭✭✭
    potboiler wrote: »
    Yes its the 200 dose inhaler. My main point about this is how the 'cutbacks' are being used to rip people off. With 2 inhalers the NHS are still making profit from me, now for this monopoly to suddenly double the price is outrageous. I know its a small thing but its also worryingly a big thing especially because by complaining i've been 'struck off' that surgery (I registered with another one yesterday).

    I take your point about your removal from the GP's list, though the complaint probably simply alerted them to the fact that you live out of area.

    On the pricing point, though, I think you're being unreasonable. One of the factors in the pricing of the prescription charge is the 'profit' on drugs such as this. Take this away, and the charge will rise. And logically, if you want to pay the lower price of 'cheap' drugs such as this one, you have to be prepared to pay the much higher price (frequently £50, or a lot more than that) of all the others. Would you be prepared to do that?
  • i had an asthma check 2 weeks ago and i talked then about the postal area and they were fine with it, they got rid of me because i moaned.
    Look i'm not against paying over the odds for inhalers, i've done it for the last 20 yrs, i'm against being made the scapegoat of the 'cutbacks'. A few years ago the doctor said to me i'll put 2 inhalers on your prescription cos they only cost a few pounds. HE WAS FINE WITH IT. It still meant i was paying over the odds but i thought it helps to support more expensive treatments. Now £7.20 for something that's £1.50 as gone way over the tipping point. If i had a friend who was a doctor and they wrote me a private prescription i could get the inhalers for less. Something's wrong when going private works out much cheaper than the nhs.
This discussion has been closed.
Latest MSE News and Guides

Bacon flavoured toothpaste

Can you help this Forumite track some down?

Join the Forum discussion

£10 Christmas bonus

For benefits recipients

MSE News