Prices slashed on popular medicines

A NORTH coast pharmacist says consumers should benefit from a price cut on popular medicines.

The reforms announced by the Gillard government will reduce the price of more than 1000 brands of widely used prescription medicines.

The changes have been introduced under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Pharmacist and managing partner at Goonellabah Chemist Warehouse Kate Daniel says the changes will make some blood pressure and cholesterol lowering drugs more affordable.

"There's a lot of cholesterol lowering medications and blood pressure medications that will be affected, but the most well known one is Lipitor, which lowers cholesterol," Ms Daniel says.

Ms Daniel says consumers should already notice the changes.

"It will benefit consumers by reducing the cost to the government and therefore helping taxpayers and some consumers will also notice a direct drop at the counter," Ms Daniel says.



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