This morning whilst collecting my husband's prescription I needed to buy paracetemol for him too. The cost for 30tablets was £3. I compared this to my previous purchase which was 75p for 32tablets. So now they are costing over four times more. How can this be justified and who is raking this in? They were under my pharmacy's label unlike the originals. Is this the pharmacist?
Cost of paracetamol: This morning whilst collecting... - PMRGCAuk
Supply and demand I suspect - when the panic buying was happening the paracetamol also sold out - I imagine because there was mention that ibuprofen was not good for Covid 19.
The very cheap batches of any generic are based on massive bulk buying for large chains for example - Lidl is cheap as chips. But once that is gone you go to the next level and so on. There will be increased demand all over Europe. Haven't looked here but you can only buy painkillers from the pharmacy and they are always full price.
I doubt it is the pharmacist to blame - but they are having to charge you what the suppliers are demanding from them.
My husband recently had difficulty getting any paracetamol for my use from our local pharmacy or any of the supermarkets. The pharmacist told my husband that India were the main supplier of paracetamol to the UK and that they had recently stopped exporting their supply in order to have it available for their own citizens during the pandemic. Our pharmacist suggested we ask our GP to put paracetamol on our repeat prescriptions list temporarily and this has been approved by GP. One less thing to worry about.