Torbay MP Adrian Sanders will question Health Ministers today over NHS practices which have seen the cost of some drugs rise by 1,000 per cent.
The loophole in the NHS’s drugs tariff has allowed wholesalers to inflate the price of drugs, which are then paid for by the taxpayer. It is estimated that around £70 million per year is wasted on wholesaler mark-ups.
Adrian will be urging ministers to make sure that all of these complex drugs, known as ‘unlicensed specials’ be subject to the drug tariff to prevent profiteering at the taxpayers’ expense.
Adrian told the Devon Week: “In a time where budgets are stretched and health organisations are sacking frontline staff, it is indefensible for the NHS to be wasting money by indulging wholesalers and not shopping around for the best price. I hope Ministers will take some common sense action to rectify this.”