• July 13, 2021

Pharmacy chains are making ‘overpriced’ medications cheaper, according to a report

Pharmacies have been “overpriced” in recent years, and “nobody really wants to go to a pharmacy” when they need to make medication, according a new report. 

In a report published by Health Affairs UK, a group of academics from a variety of major research institutes and business associations agreed that “it is the most important issue for pharmacy to provide affordable access to medication”.

The group also pointed out that “a significant proportion of the UK population does not have access to affordable medication”, and that there are “over 90% of people with chronic diseases living in poverty”. 

“Access to medication is a key component of the health service and, when it is not available, people with mental health conditions or who are disabled may struggle to access medication for long periods of time,” they said. 

The report, entitled “Costly medicines: the pharmacy is not the answer”, is based on research by health academia in the US and the UK. 

Its authors also point out that people with chronic conditions are often not given adequate access to “the right medications”, and there is a lack of “adequate testing, assessment and treatment”. 

They also say that “drug shortages in many parts of the world have resulted in higher costs for patients”. 

The researchers also said that the “price of medications is the number one issue that people are looking for to be solved” and called for pharmacists to “be more transparent about their pricing practices”. 

Health advocacy group Pharmacy UK called the report a “major step forward”, and said the UK needs “a real rethink” on “the relationship between pharmacy and patients”.

Pharmacy group CEO Joanna Johnson said: “Pharmacy is a vital part of our lives.

Our pharmacies have the ability to deliver medication to our customers, and to make sure we are offering the right medication at the right price.”

Our pharmacy is always open to offer an alternative to the manufacturer and to provide customers with the information they need.

The new report follows a similar report by the Campaign Against Drug Overprescribing, which found that “over a third of all medicines purchased in the UK are bought for free”, and that the average patient has to pay an average of £3,000 for medication. “

It is our responsibility to be transparent and honest about our pricing practices and to give patients a clear picture of what the prices are for our medications.” 

The new report follows a similar report by the Campaign Against Drug Overprescribing, which found that “over a third of all medicines purchased in the UK are bought for free”, and that the average patient has to pay an average of £3,000 for medication. 

Health Advocates UK said: “Drug shortages are the norm in the NHS.

It’s not just about the NHS, it’s about our economy, and we want our medicines to be accessible for everyone.” 

“The report is a big step forward for health care workers, but it’s not enough,” said Health Advocates President Chris White.

“We need more affordable medicines so that the NHS can deliver the medicines they need and to improve patient outcomes. 

Drug shortages in the country are not new, and the NHS is in a financial position that makes it impossible for them to continue to provide medication at cost. 

We need to see pharmacist pricing transparency and be more transparent to the NHS about their prices. 

If pharmacists are not transparent, the NHS cannot provide medicines at reasonable prices.” 

Health advocates have previously called for a wholesale ban on the sale of “over-the-counter” drugs, and have called for pharmacist transparency on prices.

 A recent report by health groups American Society of Addiction Medicine and the National Association of Pharmacists called on pharmacists across the country to disclose their pricing policies. 

However, the industry has remained largely silent on the issue, and pharmacy companies have sought to downplay the findings. 

Dr Peter Macdonald, Pharmacist Training Foundation, said he did not understand why pharmacists were “uncomfortable” with the report, adding that he hoped the industry would “look at what’s been going on in the past few years”.

“I don’t understand why they feel that this is an issue.

It would be a very good thing if pharmacists got more transparency on what their pricing is, because I think that’s a really important issue,” he told Newstalk 1010. 

He added that he was not against “unfair” prices, but that pharmacists should work harder to “help” people find affordable medications. 

According to the report , the average cost of prescription drugs in the United Kingdom is £7,636, compared to the UK average of £8,868.