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Do pharmacists show cost of your medication on the label?

TaraJR
TaraJR

Has anyone else had the cost of their meds added to the label on the bottle or packet?

A friend of mine has this on her bottle of T3. I think it said £220. Was this done just to make her go on a guilt trip?! I've never had the price ever added to anything of mine.

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SeasideSusie
SeasideSusieAdministrator

TaraJR

No cost whatsoever is shown on the labels for any of my medication.

helvella
helvellaAdministrator

Was this an NHS prescription? And was that in England, or Wales, or Northern Ireland, or Scotland? It might be new, it might be in only one country, it might be left on accidentally, it might be only on specially ordered products. A bit more information might make it easier to find out about this.

TaraJR
TaraJR
in reply to helvella

It was from a Devon hospital pharmacy, but it's also happening on the tablets from her GP surgery. It has only happened the past 2 prescriptions. Devon CCG is trying hard to ban T3. They now only 'allow' a maximum of 10mcg daily. Unbelievable. So I wondered if it was to put their T3 patients on a guilt trip

helvella
helvellaAdministrator
in reply to TaraJR

Certainly looks like trying to induce a "guilt trip".

If there were something you could do about it, there just might be an argument. But there really isn't. (Asking for prescriptions and sending to Germany might technically be possible, but it is completely unacceptable as the official approach.)

It is not as if you can take it every other day. Or be more careful about not spilling it.

Pascha1
Pascha1
in reply to TaraJR

I heard Exeter are down to 10mgs T3 . I get 30mgs T3 Plymouth hospital .. maybe a dif CCG ?

I've seen the prices of my nature-throid scribbled on the prescription at the chemist, horrendously expensive too!

Pascha1
Pascha1
in reply to Catlover3

How much is Nature Thyroid these days then ? x

If I think of all the tax I've paid to the NHS over the years and what I've got back for the money - I'd feel good to see I'd cost them £220 - and I might feel like suggesting some purchasing policy consultancy.

helvella
helvellaAdministrator
in reply to SmallBlueThing

Thanks - I thought I remembered something about the issue but you have posted a good link - saved me looking for one!

The pharmacist at Boots in Sussex where I collect my T3 regularly makes a point of telling me how much the prescription costs, or makes a point that it is a special order drug because it costs so much 😳

If that happened to me I would point out that two packets of cynomel which is made in France cost only 7.34 euros.

It's the fault of the NHS nobody else.

thyr01d
thyr01d
in reply to Bunnyjean

Nice suggestion Bunnyjean, my surgery Pharmacist has pointed out many times how much my T3 costs, next time I shall be ready with your reply instead of walking away feeling unworthy.

Bunnyjean
Bunnyjean
in reply to thyr01d

You are worthy. Most pharmacy people were really training to be doctors but didn't make the grade. My sister has told me that most of them have a chip on their shoulder.

thyr01d
thyr01d
in reply to Bunnyjean

Thanks Bunnyjean, your reply explains a difficult encounter I had with the Surgery Pharmacist. I was going away and so had ordered T3 ready to take with me. When I called in to collect it the Surgery said they didn't have any that it hadn't been ordered. When I explained that it definitely had they said the doctor had not signed the prescription so they couldn't make it up.

I then explained that I had to have it because without it I'm at coma level (TSH >95) the Pharmacist took offence and said it was impossible to get a doctor's signature. I said 'someone will have to go in and interrupt her' explaining again my need and that I was going away in a few hours and could not wait days for it. There was more fuss than that, with me running to the local Pharmacist where they didn't have any, running back etc ... but in the end I firmly insisted that they would have to find a way, and they did.

It left me really disliking that particular Pharmacist, hoping I would never have to see her again, and within a few weeks she had suddenly died!

Spooky !!!

Must be a moral to that ...

Cheers

Pascha1
Pascha1
in reply to thyr01d

i think thats called karma!

Angie2020
Angie2020
in reply to thyr01d

Is this why they don't want to diagnose people who fit all the symptoms of thyroid disease?

Yes A good one!

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