Pill drops on script meds

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

THE price of more than 1400 medicines – in­clud­ing the na­tion’s big­gest-selling drug, the an­ti­c­holes­terol pill, ator­vas­tatin – will plunge in price from to­mor­row.

The price cuts are a re­sult of the Gov­ern­ment’s price dis­clo­sure process that mon­i­tors the dis­counts chemists get on medicine prices and re­duces the amount the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal ben­e­fits sub­sidy scheme pays for them. The price cuts mean gen­eral con­sumers will save money on pre­scrip­tions.

Pen­sion­ers, who pay $6.30 for scripts, are un­likely to ben­e­fit. The price of ator­vas­tatin will fall by 52¢ and the con­tra­cep­tive Levlen by $1.59 a pack.

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