MPs urge GPs to cut scrip cost

GPs should follow government prescription guidelines, because the NHS spends £200 million more than it should on branded medicine, according to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

'One fifth of all GPs surveyed by the National Audit Office say that their behaviour in prescribing drugs is more influenced by pharmaceutical company marketing than by official NHS advice,' said PAC chairman and Conservative MP for Gainsborough Edward Leigh.

Prescribing generic drugs that are 'cheaper but no less effective' could save the NHS at least £200 million, he added.

The National Audit Office report showed the overall number of prescriptions had jumped by 55 per cent over 10 years.

PAC report, live links at http://www.healthcarerepublic.com

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