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BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 28 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1527

Introduce new category of prescription charges, “full cost medicines”

  1. Peter Ramsay-Baggs (, Consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon
  1. Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Northern Ireland BT16 0RH
  2. 31 Eyre Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 5EU

    EDITOR—In the wake of the controversies surrounding the approval of sildenafil citrate 1 2 and orlistat3 perhaps the time has come for the introduction of a new category of NHS prescription drugs, “full cost medicines.” Such medicines would be prescribed by the patient's general practitioner, but the patient would pay the full cost plus the dispensing fee. This system would have many advantages, including maintaining the relationship between the general …

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