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In a World First, Asda Announces 'Not for Profit' Price on All Cancer Treatment Drugs

Thu, 05/20/2010 - 7:37am
Bio-Medicine.Org

LEEDS, United Kingdom, May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, in a world first, Asda announces a commitment to sell all privately prescribed cancer treatment drugs on a permanent 'not for profit' basis potentially saving thousands of pounds for sufferers.  Lung disease is the biggest cancer killer of women in the UK and as part of Asda's 'not for profit' commitment it now means that the price of Iressa, used to treat lung cancer, is now available for 2,167.71 pounds Sterling compared to 2,601.25 pounds at Lloyds Pharmacy, 3,251.57 pounds at Boots and 3,253.56 pounds at Superdrug.

Cancer is the UK's second biggest killer, affecting nearly 300,000 people per year and for many the cost of treatment is well above what they can afford. Research compiled for Asda compared the price of seven of the most commonly privately prescribed cancer drugs available at the main high street pharmacies in the UK where marks ups of up to 76 per cent were uncovered.

Superdrug was found to offer the highest prices on four out of the seven drugs compared and marked up all seven of the drugs by 50 per cent over cost price. Prices at Lloyds and Tesco were consistently marked up by 20 per cent, while at Boots, all seven drugs were marked up by either 50 per cent or 27.5 per cent.

Currently, cancer sufferers in the UK face a three pronged challenge in their battle for affordable treatment:

Pharmacy mark ups

The cost of private prescription anti-cancer drugs varies significantly between pharmacies, which are able to charge at their discretion and are known to mark up anti-cancer drugs by as much as 76 per cent.  

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