GPs to slash drug prices by cutting out pharmacies

Doctors seek legal advice on targeting €2.7 billion market; GPs claim there will be ‘skin and hair flying’ with pharmacists

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
15th May, 2016

GPs are developing a radical plan that would see doctors dispense medicines directly to patients, cutting pharmacists out of the supply chain.

The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) has received legal advice on the plan, which could see doctors take a hefty chunk of the €2.7 billion spent on medicines in pharmacies each year.

The NAGP’s legal advice, seen by this newspaper, confirmed there were no legal obstacles to prevent doctors from developing their...

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