January saw dispensing GPs increase the favourable differential between their buying prices and those of pharmacy by more than £5. However, in contrast to the end of the year – and in a repeat of the beginning of last year, GPs’ PI buying deals fell slightly short of those available to pharmacy – an average of 53p more. This may suggest that GPs are better to hold off buying PIs until the prices swing back in their favour.
In terms of generics, the first month of the year reveals little in the way of common threads among the risers and fallers. The only products which stood out among the fallers were three packs of levetiracetam and two packs of mirtazapine tabs, and in the risers, two packs of venlafaxine tabs. Aspirin disp tabs was noteworthy for having one pack in both the price risers and the fallers.
DDA members can view the detail of the prices by visiting the library of purchase price updates, provided exclusively to members by Wavedata.