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Watchdog calls for drug price cut

The HSE’s spend on aspirin in 2014 was over six times the cost of the medicine itself

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
13th March, 2016
CMA crackdown on drug pricing. Pic:iStock

The head of the state’s medicines watchdog has urged the next government to consider cutting the fees paid to pharmacists.

Taxpayers are now paying more in dispensing fees to pharmacists than they are for the medicines themselves.

“There is no better example of the impact of pharmacy fees than the most frequently prescribed medicine in Ireland, which is aspirin,” said Professor Michael Barry, head of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE)

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