Cost of prescribed medicines to fall

The price of prescribed medicines is set to fall in June by as much as 80% or 90%, reports Tuesday’s Trouw.

The paper says this is the result of a decision by health care insurers to only reimburse the cheaper generic versions.
According to health care insurers, the total saving will be €350m a year.
Trouw quotes a number of examples. The migraine medicine sumatriptan will drop in price from €30 to €4 for six tablets and the cholesterol-lowering simvastatine from €35 to €8 for 30 tablets.
Labour (PvdA) MP Eelke Van der Veen told Trouw that the figures show exactly how much money can be saved by using generic medicines.
However, the dispensing chemists organisation KNMP is concerned that the lower prices will lead to closures.

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