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Drugs price scandal

Issue No. 1704

Drugs price scandal

NEW LABOUR has bowed to pressure from a major drugs company and increased the proposed maximum price for commonly used drugs by 500 percent. Drugs giant Norton Healthcare threatened to stop production of generic drugs-which, like aspirin, are not usually sold under a brand name-unless the government upped its proposed price cap.

So the NHS will now have to pay 37p instead of 7p for a pack of 28 standard sized aspirin tablets.


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Sat 8 Jul 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1704
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