Prescription medicine price more than doubled

Maretta

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I have been paying around €20 for months supply 1 packet of 200 mg Trandate tabs. The chemist has difficulty getting them and this month they supplied them in the form of 4 packets of 100 mg (30 per packet as the 200 mg aren't available) That was fine with me. They charged me the sum of €52.20 for the month supply. I queried the price but got no satisfaction. Was told they rechecked and the price is correct. I didn't mind paying a little more but feel this is a ripoff.
 

Brendan Burgess

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It's a bit odd that they did not offer you a week's supply of the more expensive ones.

Why not try a different chemist.

I looked on https://healthwave.ie/price-list/ but it did not recognise the name Trandate

You could also ask your doctor if there is an alternative which is more readily available or a generic version.

Brendan
 

elcato

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It sounds like they charge a certain price for the smaller dose pack and if they didn't have them in store they should have offered the alternative at the lesser price. I would go back and re-state my case. They might have them in stock and allow a return of whatever is left. But only deal directly with the pharmacist.
 

Coldwarrior

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Email Healthwave and Pure pharmacies asking for a price, they are usually very responsive and have a delivery service if you're not based in Dublin.
 

elcato

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Email Healthwave and Pure pharmacies asking for a price, they are usually very responsive and have a delivery service if you're not based in Dublin.
Except they charge a 'membership' of €25 annually. So you either go all in or nothing with these.
 

odyssey06

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Except they charge a 'membership' of €25 annually. So you either go all in or nothing with these.
Do you mean for delivery? For walk in prescriptions Pure Pharmacies don't charge a membership fee.

Also, general point, you can keep an eye on medicine shortages status on the HPRA website:
 

Coldwarrior

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Except they charge a 'membership' of €25 annually. So you either go all in or nothing with these.
Pure don't, and Healthwave are usually substantially cheaper than normal local pharmacies, even when counting the membership fee (which covers the full family).
 

elcato

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For walk in prescriptions Pure Pharmacies don't charge a membership fee.
I thought Pure had an annual service like Healthwave but clearly they don't. That said my experience (recent) of Pure I paid 9.99 for a drug I get for 5.99 in Healthwave. The same varied between 10 and 13 euro when I started first on them a few years ago so while Pure are a bit cheaper they lag behind the HW price.
 

odyssey06

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I thought Pure had an annual service like Healthwave but clearly they don't. That said my experience (recent) of Pure I paid 9.99 for a drug I get for 5.99 in Healthwave. The same varied between 10 and 13 euro when I started first on them a few years ago so while Pure are a bit cheaper they lag behind the HW price.
No worries, that's good info on the price difference between the two.
I haven't used HW because of the membership fee plus locations don't suit.
For me, Pure have been €7 for a generic which I've been charged €12 and €20 for locally.
 

Sue Ellen

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Tesco Pharmacies are also quite reasonable. I usually use either Pure or Tesco depending on who is cheapest.

On generic cholesterol tablets you will find it hard to beat €4.00 per month with Pure.
 

elcato

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City is a new one now with free registration rather than membership. Their price list while competitive is not as good as HW though.
 

Purple

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Labetalol is generic name for Trandate.
Ask your doctor for a prescription for the generic version.
Then go to Spain or Portugal and fill it.
 
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