At the end of August it was clear that dispensing doctors had consolidated their lead over pharmacies in terms of negotiating better prices for both generics and parallel imports: on average the former were £2.64 cheaper than for pharmacies, while the latter came in at £2.02. Experience suggests that August, along with February and November, are productive months for parallel import deals, which should encourage dispensing GPs to forward plan their purchasing where possible.
In a deeper look at the generics purchase price movements during August, the exclusive market analysis for DDA members showed a notable number of risers: among the headlines were three packs of oxycodone PR tabs (although Napp says this is not a stock shortage issue) and two packs of each of indapamide, levofloxacin and mirtazapine tabs. The only group of products in the fallers were three packs of lisinopril tabs.
DDA members can view the full analysis and spreadsheet by visiting the online member only library of monthly purchase price analyses.