Official Prescriptions article discussion

edited 22 August 2012 at 9:07AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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  • djtonybdjtonyb Forumite
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    zipman23 wrote: »
    I noticed the 2 blue inhalers for £7 from Asda whilst shopping so decided to buy some. When I had my review with the pharmacist, I was told he couldnt sell me them because I needed to have "full blown asthma" or CPD (?). I only use my inhalers during the hayfever season as the pollen sometimes gives me a very tight chest. Just a heads up for anybody thinking they can easily buy these inhalers!

    I got mine from Asda the other week. A quick chat to the pharmacist and got them. Last had inhaler in 2008, no questions re "full blown asthma or COPD"

    Maybe go back when another pharmacist is on
    Fat and proud lol
  • jockosjunglejockosjungle Forumite
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    Here is a top tip of my own...

    If you get a prescription and pay ALWAYS get the receipt that allows you to claim it back if you get a prepay card, regardless of whether you do.

    I'm not a very sick person but got an ear infection recently.

    The first antibiotics didn't last long enough, they gave me a second set, they didn't work, I got some drops and they did work.

    That was three prescriptions in one seven day period. But I didn't get the receipts.

    I now have something else which was two prescriptions.

    I would have saved money if I'd thought to get the receipts, but lesson learned and I got the receipts this time.

    If something else happens to me within the next month, then I can get a prepayment.

    I'd say what martin wrote is wrong though, you can only backdate a prepay certificate for one month, but you have three months to claim back the money.
  • Will someone please explain the reason why a three-day course of POM antibiotics for a urinary tract infection costs £2.50 at Asda, but requires a 'private' prescription, whereas the identical three-day tablets course dispensed on an NHS prescription costs the patient THREE TIMES THE PRICE!!! from the same pharmacy? ie The standard £7.65 prescription charge.

    Surely, the diagnosis part is free, paid for by the NHS.
    If the 'fix' was surgical, then we wouldn't have to pay for it.

    The NHS prescription-writing should incur no extra cost or charge any more than a referral letter to a specialist.

    Indeed, it appears that the British Medical Association that all doctors are 'governed' by seems to state that prescriptions must not be charged for by any doctor within the NHS or outside it.

    The pharmacist is making less money from the NHS prescription dispensing than it does from private prescription dispensing.

    Surely, a prescription NHS or private is primarily an authorisation to dispense medication, especially medication that may not be available 'over-the-counter'. Yet an NHS prescription will not be accepted as a 'private' prescription by UK pharmacists.

    So why?

    I thought that the NHS prescription charge was designed to 'cap' the charges for medication, not magnify them and certainly NOT MULTIPLY them to people who work for low wages but don't qualify for the free prescription threshold.

    Logically, and in the original spirit of the NHS, if a medicine cost including dispensing charge totals less than the NHS levy, then the lower price should be charged when an NHS precription is dispensed.

    The NHS appears to effectively be 'taxing' one group of sick people to pay for the treatment of other sick people. Surely this can't be right? This is totally crazy and surely must be reviewed urgently?
  • Puffin74Puffin74 Forumite
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    We're lucky as our Dr is quite good at putting a 'decent' quantity on a prescription if he knows we'll only be back in a months time for more!
  • You can buy ventolin online from for £7.95 but there is a prescription fee of £2.50 so you end up paying just over £10. This might be useful if you are paying any higher than this or share if you have found any cheaper.
  • pmdukpmduk Forumite
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    Bin13 wrote: »
    I thought that the NHS prescription charge was designed to 'cap' the charges for medication, not magnify them and certainly NOT MULTIPLY them to people who work for low wages but don't qualify for the free prescription threshold.

    I'm afraid you're wrong, it's a contribution towards the overall cost. I'd prefer them to be open and describes it as a sickness tax.
  • I thought I would mention this here as it was the price comparison for the Boots/Galpharm Loratadine hay fever tablets that caught my eye in the recent MSE email.

    Boots £8.19
    Galpharm £2.99

    I have seen these Galpharm branded in more than one different £1 store for, yes, £1.

    Another one is Loperamide, also sold under the brand name Imodium for over £8, (and you don't get many, 6 or 8 tablets as I remember). Supermarkets tend to charge around £2-£3 for a pack but the £1 stores also have these, for £1 of course.

    Be careful in those stores though - a pack of various types of biscuits cost £1 too but are often a lot less elsewhere, even the supermarkets, so the £1 stuff isn't always the cheapest!
  • I was given a hospital prescription for 3 months supply of the same medicine,which I can only get from the hospital pharmacy as it is on a white instead of green prescription; they told me I would have to pick each months supply up separately and pay each time, rather than just paying once for the whole prescription as I usually do for a one item. I thought this is very strange, expensive and time consuming with having to travel to the hospital each month to pick it up. Does anyone know anything about this and is it right?
  • sherambersheramber Forumite
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    You were possibly given a repeat prescription for 3 months ,not a three month supply one.
  • I was reading your post and remembered the effort I always had when I wanted to buy ventolin online and was wasting time comparing different websites and doing some maths to include shipping fee and prescription fee. Dr Felix is good but now before I buy I always compare the ventolin price in the medcompared comparison site
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