PRESCRIPTIONS: More than half of all prescriptions for drugs and applicances dispensed by community pharmacists and appliance contractors have a net ingredient cost of less than pounds 1, Brian Mawhinney, the health minister, told Dawn Primarolo (Lab, Bristol S). He said that 32,690 items cost less than 40p (8.5 per cent); 49,753 less than 60p (12.9); 61,449 less than 80p (15.9) and 73,937 less than pounds 1 (19.1 per cent).
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