GPs face crackdown on prescribing costs after million-pound overspends, says Pulse magazine, going on to say:-
“GPs face closer scrutiny of their prescribing after CCGs warned they were overspending their drug budgets by thousands of pounds, with some commissioners planning to train receptionists to drive prescription costs down.” (End)
My local pharmacist has stuck with branded Ventolin inhalers for years. Last year he switched to generics. While being much smaller they claim to contain the same amount of medication – they do not. They are also far less effective, needing a much higher dose. The valve mechanism is also defective and frequently fails.
Overall I use at least triple the amount of generic Salbutamol for far less benefit than Ventolin.
I can, and do, also buy my hydrocortisone (I have primary Addison’s), on the open market for a mere fraction of the cost to my GP’s budget. And that’s paying retail prices.
Perhaps addressing the questions of quality and pricing should be priorities, not putting patients at risk by having them fobbed off by receptionists who do NOT have the requisite medical knowledge to make potentially life or death decisions?