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NHS close to blowing entire winter fund on costly drugs – The Times

Drug manufacturers have accused wholesalers of increasing prices artificiallyPaul Rogers for the Times

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Supply problems affecting at least 100 drugs have meant that the NHS has had to approve temporary price rises of up to 4,000 per cent, but even this has not prevented patients’ treatments being interrupted. Pharmacists report that hard-to-find drugs…

Ministers are under pressure to protect patients and the NHS budget by getting to the root of worsening medicine shortages that have led to cancer and mental health patients going without crucial drugs. Medicine wholesalers have been summoned to the Department of Health to explain their handling of the crisis. They denied that they had been manipulating the market.

The NHS will burn through a £350 million emergency winter fund by the end of this month because it has to overpay for drugs, calculations show.

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