May 26, 2018

Boots owner denies overcharging NHS for cancer mouthwash

The owner of Boots has rejected claims it overcharged the NHS for a mouthwash used by cancer patients. The mouthwash - used by patients with sores caused by chemotherapy - is among a group of drugs known as specials. "We firmly reject accusations of overcharging the NHS," a Walgreens Boots Alliance spokesperson said. Health minister Steve Brine said the public would take "An extremely dim view of any company found to be exploiting our NHS and patients". An NHS England spokesperson said: "Local GP groups are right to clamp down on situations where a company is attempting to rip off patients and taxpayers. Any company that does so should get the full force of civil and where appropriate criminal enforcement."

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