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You may need to phone around pharmacies for Zoladex and other costly drugs

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Jim Marshall (not a doctor) said ...

Drug manufacturer AstraZeneca has decided to directly distribute a number of high cost medicines directly to pharmacies rather than through wholesalers.


Nine of AstraZeneca’s 41 brands will be distributed directly to retail pharmacies from Wednesday, including cancer and diabetes drugs.
They are:
    •    Zoladex (goserelin acetate)
    •    ZolaCos (goserelin-bicalutamide)
    •    Cosudex (bicalutamide)
    •    Iressa (gefitinib)
    •    Lynparza (olaparib)
    •    Tagrisso (osimertinib)
    •    Brilinta (ticagrelor)
    •    Bydureon (exenatide inj)
    •    Byetta (exenatide)

Pharmacy wholesaler Sigma (losing distribution rights to prosate cancer drug Zoladex) is looking at the prices it will recommend for its other brands.

 

Message to men or women using these products: You may need to shop around for a pharmacy that can supply these drugs.

... end Jim

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whatmeworry1941

Even with some of the Chemist Warehouse stores, some don't stock Zoladex or various forms of morphine (Slow Release and Injectable). At Chemist Warehouse, they can check on their computers, which nearby CW have them in stock. You can also ring to confirm availability.

 

Also had problems getting Toprol in the 47.5mg doasge for my Dad.

 

The cost of Zoladex for my father was $5.30 (Pension Card) while the packet has in brackets, the actual cost $1049.

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