A new study carried out by the National Consumer Agency has revealed that there are large variations in drug prices nationwide.
The largest percentage variation in price for an individual product within a local area was for “Losec Mups 20 Mg (28)”, commonly used to treat stomach ulcers. The difference in price in Waterford was found to be 122%, with prices ranging from €22.43 to €49.69.
The average percentage difference across across all products nationwide was 56%.
The average price variation of the 39 prescription medicines included in the study was 30% and 27% for Galway and Waterford respectively. The corresponding figure for both Cork and Limerick is 29%.
The NCA is advising customers, particularly those on long-term medication, to shop around.