Hard to swallow

People paying out of their own pockets for medicines are being charged many multiples of the retail price in the North, write Susan Mitchell and Róisín Agnew.

17th March, 2013
A pharmacy contacted by this newspaper quoted €33.77 for a private payer -- some 55 per cent more than the HSE is paying.

The HSE now covers the price of drugs for more than two million people on state drug schemes. They include patients with long-term illness cards and medical cards.

The state negotiates the prices of those medicines and the fees and mark-ups paid to pharmacists who dispense the medicines for those patients. The rest of the population pay out of their own pockets for the medicines they need.

Two weeks ago, this newspaper revealed that the...

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