Watchdog urges cuts in pharmacy fees as HSE spends up to six times cost of drugs

Of the €8million spent on paracetamol in 2014, €6 million was dispensing fees

Taxpayers are taking the hit as the HSE is spending up to six times the cost of medicine for those on medical cards.

The HSE spent more than €20.5 million on aspirin in 2014, when the cost of the drug was just over €3.4 million.

The Sunday Business Post reports that more is paid in dispensing fees to pharmacists than the cost of the medicines themselves.

Of the €8million spent on paracetamol, €6 million was dispensing fees.

The next government is being urged by the medicines watchdog to consider cutting the fees paid to pharmacists.