Survey finds wide fluctuation in Irish drug prices

03/26/2013 | PharmaTimes (U.K.)

The price of drugs dispensed to private patients can vary from 37% to almost 200% in different parts of Ireland, according to a study conducted by the National Consumer Agency. Chief factors were the retail markup and the dispensing fee charged by the pharmacist, which in some cases is a standard charge and in others varies with the drug price. The head of Ireland's new drug purchasing program also noted that the country does not yet have an effective generic-drug market.

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