The price of a prescription pain medication has been increasing rapidly over the past few years.
In 2016, a 50mg tablet of Percocet cost £11.20 ($15.45), up from £9.20 in 2015.
That’s an annual increase of almost £1,000.
In 2017, a 40mg tablet costs £9 ($14.50), up by £2 ($3.50) in inflation-adjusted terms.
The price of the drug has risen from £1.50 in 2012 to £3 ($5.80) in 2016.
The UK’s drug cost average has risen by £1 ($2.50).
For many people, painkillers are cheaper than their prescription counterparts.
But not everyone who takes them can afford to do so.
BBC health editor Dr Caroline Hart says it’s not just about the drug cost.
“Some people, the ones who are most in need of a painkiller, will end up paying a lot more for their prescription because they’re not able to afford the brand new price.”
Dr Hart says the price increase may have been a result of the “big four” manufacturers making significant price cuts over the years.
“Some of the big four manufacturers have made some of the biggest price cuts in history in the last few years, and some of them have actually seen their costs fall.
There are a lot of factors that could be affecting the price of these drugs, including the fact that the price is now cheaper,” she said.
“And that could also be the result of some of those generic makers making a lot less money, so they have to go through a lot harder competition.”
She said generic makers were also struggling to find ways to keep up with rising costs.
Some drugs are made in factories overseas.
They are then sent back to the UK to be tested for safety, purity and purity of their ingredients, but some manufacturers are reluctant to do that.
One of the main reasons these drugs are so expensive is that the manufacturers of the drugs need to ensure that the drug is safe, so there is a need to test and measure every batch of the medicine.
A company called BioTek Pharmaceuticals was bought out by a company called Teva Pharmaceuticals in 2017.
The new company has since announced plans to phase out the use of cheaper generic drugs.
The cost of prescription drugs has also increased significantly over the last decade.
In 2016, the average price of generic painkillers was £8.70 ($10.70).
But in 2018, the price was up by almost £7 ($10).
The cost per pill in 2017 was up £1 (about $2) from £8 ($10) in 2018.
The cost per tablet in 2017 and 2018 was about the same, and in 2019 and 2020, they were about the right amount.
According to the World Health Organization, painkiller prices have increased by 40% since 1995.
This means the cost of one pill can now be about as much as two pills.
Painkillers are also becoming increasingly expensive because they contain ingredients such as aspirin, ibuprofen, codeine and hydrocodone.
These are known to increase the risk of developing a heart condition or a stroke.
Dr Hart said it’s crucial that we get to grips with the rising costs of painkillers.
We know that people are going to continue to use these drugs and it’s going to be very hard for the NHS to keep pace,” she told BBC Breakfast.
She added that painkillers had been linked to heart attacks, strokes, strokes and kidney failure, and could also increase the risks of cancer.
But she said the drugs had also been shown to improve the quality of life for some people, and reduce the risk for others.”
There’s a whole range of health benefits that we’re seeing, and it is a lot better than what you would expect from a drug of this sort, but it does mean that people need to be more aware of the consequences,” she added.
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