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    Local PCT has issued list of nine items where DT price is way above brand price.
    Eg: Efcortelan 1% cream 75p, DT price £4.86
    Beconase spray £2.19, generic is £4.35
    Pred 5mg rc 30 at £3.88, Deltacortril ex 100 pack 66p.
    Salazopyrin EN 100 ex 112 £7.52, aulfasalazine ec £66.28

    Apparently there is a prog 'scriptswitch' which can be used to automatically select PCT preferred item.

    Expect MCS whenever a mass switch occurs.
    johnep

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    Prescription software for the NHS by ScriptSwitch Limited

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      The real lulu is Phenytoin.

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        PCT apparently missed that one.
        johnep

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          think physeptone is cheaper than methadone too

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            I've heard that ventolin evohaler is cheaper than salbutamol MDI?!?
            Ze genuine Article, present & perfect!

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              Does anyone have any up to date info?

              Have heard magnapen and salazopyrin mentioned at the minute

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                DT price is way above brand (and actual generic price) as these are common items held artificially high by the DoH in order to ensure every pharmacy can acheive the minimum buying profit we were promised. (unless anyone wants to correct me?)

                Complain and resist with all force available; point out also that sudden scripts for brands result in unnecessary delays for patients as you have to order in (floxapen caused us trouble for a while as it's not like people want to wait for antibiotics); and again when they change back.

                But it's all a game
                Employed again... paid holidays! Yipee

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                  Re: Generic to Brand savings

                  Originally posted by Defblade View Post
                  DT price is way above brand (and actual generic price) as these are common items held artificially high by the DoH in order to ensure every pharmacy can acheive the minimum buying profit we were promised. (unless anyone wants to correct me?)

                  Complain and resist with all force available; point out also that sudden scripts for brands result in unnecessary delays for patients as you have to order in (floxapen caused us trouble for a while as it's not like people want to wait for antibiotics); and again when they change back.

                  But it's all a game

                  Its as if the inconvenience to patients and difficulties in supply from pharmacy are not a PCT concern.
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                    Originally posted by johnep View Post
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                    Eg: Efcortelan 1% cream 75p, DT price £4.86

                    Expect MCS whenever a mass switch occurs.
                    johnep
                    Efcortelan was discontinued in 2008! as is no longer available

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                    • #11
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                      Original post was made before efcortelan discontinued.
                      johnep

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                        I couldn't agree more....this business is unethical. However, in my PCT I can say it happens very rarely (unless you count Ventolin)

                        Once, all we dispensed was Simvador because it was said it was cheaper. that's until the prop brand leaps massively (and QUIETLY) leading to a quick post mortem!

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                          Originally posted by johnep View Post
                          Original post was made before efcortelan discontinued.
                          johnep
                          Yes - It proves the point that these are ill thought out. Prescriber's should simply write most things generically apart from a few modified release, patches and narrow therapetic window products.

                          Scriptswitch has its place but the weak link is the PCTs/surgeries who maintain what it suggests. SS recommend at least 8 hours per month to maintain it and check what it is suggesting is current and relevant. This seldom happens though.
                          Last edited by Web Ferret; 4, March 2009, 07:31 PM.

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