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Drug shortages cost NHS £38m in November

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 20 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5883
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Ongoing drug shortages cost the NHS £38m (€43m; $51m) last month as more emergency price increases were agreed to boost stocks, an analysis has shown.1

A record 91 emergency price rises were agreed in November, as the NHS continued to experience supply problems that are estimated to have cost the service more than £200m since April 2017. However, the analysis, by the Evidence-Based Medicine DataLab at the University of Oxford, showed that the total amount overpaid last month was …

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