Owner of Boots ‘charged NHS £1,500 for single pots of moisturiser selling for less than £2’ – Mirror Online

Boots billed the NHS £1,579 for one 500ml tub of a cream, it is claimed (file photo) [Image: Hull Daily Mail / SWNS.com].

The NHS was charged £1,500 for single pots of moisturiser selling elsewhere for less than £2, it is claimed.

Boots billed the NHS £1,579 for one 500ml tub of a cream made up specifically for patients with skin problems in 2016, according to payment records seen by the Times.

It had reportedly bought the special cream from BCM Specials, a supplier then owned by Walgreens Boots Alliance, Boots’s parent company.

Reports claim the same moisturiser- a mixture of creams- is regularly prescribed in the UK for around £1.73.

The NHS said companies increasing drug prices were harming both taxpayers and patients, it is reported.

Source: Owner of Boots ‘charged NHS £1,500 for single pots of moisturiser selling for less than £2’ – Mirror Online


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8 thoughts on “Owner of Boots ‘charged NHS £1,500 for single pots of moisturiser selling for less than £2’ – Mirror Online

  1. Lynn Jenks

    The greedy pharmaceutical industry needs to be properly regulated. It’s going the same way as the American one – gouging buyers no matter who they are. Remember the man who raised the price of an HIV medicine by something like 5,000%? This is why the tory plan to privatise the NHS using an American model has got to be stopped.

    1. Ann Abott

      Boots is American now !! After Brexit who are we going to be trading with ? Trump and dodgy goods China !!! Costa Rip Off UK Never more so than through NHS I’ve lived in 4 countries where 5 prescription items never cost even £12 total pcm. Why are we paying more here? All part of plan to cripple NHS. Pharma companies here are running the show.

  2. rotzeichen

    Send it back and charge them for overcharging, cancel all known contracts with them until they give bigger discounts than the street price.

    This is really not understood by the public at large, but the private sector rips off the public purse, because they can.

    Time people woke up in this country, they rip you off every time you make a purchase.

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