Being viewed as equals by commissioners and other health professionals in primary care is going to be a crucial door to kick down, suggests Avicenna’s Salim Jetha
Current shortages and exchange rates – most ingredients are priced in dollars – have caused huge fluctuations in drug prices. It’s created an opportunity for some to play the stock market, but for most independent contractors who replenish stock on a dispense-one, order-one basis, it has caused significant problems. They lack the market intelligence to play the stock market and there is a lag period between the purchase price and the item being listed on concessionary prices.
To make matters worse, some purchases are in excess of listed prices, which can lead to huge losses.