Drug Prices Pills, thrills and bellyaches
The pharmaceutical price saga is now officially older than Egoli was when it shuffled off the set for the last time, and only slightly less predictable. Bottom line: a new plan which if brought into law will see a four-tier system of dispensing fees, with massive pharmacy fees built in. Medicines costing less than R75, for example, will have a fee whacked on them of no more than (thanks for that) 46% of the Single Exit price (remember those?) plus an apparently arbitrary R6. SA currently has no structure for dispensing fees, and the Department of Health in its wisdom believes that this will somehow make medicine more affordable. In the meantime, under the unregulated system, Clicks, for example, charges R26 for drugs under R100, and 26% on items over R100.
Comment: Pharmacists, it must be said, are not what you’d call disappointed with the proposal, which in effect means doubling the dispensing fees they may charge.