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GP condemns waste on 'overpriced' generics

Dr John Ashcroft believes the NHS is wasting millions on overpriced generic simvastatin, while details of the delayed pharmacists' contract are thrashed out.

He claims the money could have been spent on saving lives by treating patients at lower risk thresholds.

Dr Ashcroft, vice-chair of the professional executive committee of Erewash PCT and a GP in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, said the NHS paid £16 for a 28-tablet pack of 20mg generic simvastatin, even though pharmacists could buy the same drug for £2.63.

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