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A change in how we express the cost of drugs

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Articles in the Bulletin have usually given the ‘basic NHS cost’ of various treatments for a typical dose and for a typical period. By basic NHS cost we mean the cost of the drug to the retail pharmacist, excluding his professional fee, ‘on-cost’ allowance, and the container allowance per prescription. We believe that comparisons between drugs are clearer if these components of the total cost are not added in.

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