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a comprehensive list of pharmacies providing Libre at cost price

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by himtoo, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Expert
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    Abbott have been flogging this to us for a while for £50 and whilst the materials cost may have been higher at the start, mass production would have driven this down. I've taken an applicator and sensor apart and it all seems to be made in China. I'd guess the materials cost of a sensor kit to be in the region of £10 max. I think Abbott will have covered the development costs several times over by now.
     
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  2. DavidGrahamJones

    DavidGrahamJones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just been reading an article where the author was saying that in the U.S. she was buying the sensors for $40 (£31.17). She seemed to thing prices were similar. Obviously she didn't google the exchange rate.
    They only made about $ 1/2 billion last year. If I had the cash, they're the shares for me. LOL
     
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    Libre censor being sold in ASDA old Kent road London £44 each, minimum order 2, pay upfront
     
  4. Bon83

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    Interesting- I have bought a sensor from boots before and wanted another for some long run training. I don't need to use libre all the time I don't mind finger tests that much. I was told they can't sell they can only order them for people with prescriptions. There is a shortage and they need to prioritise those who need them. I wasn't rude i didn't say anything but I think she saw my face - and said I know you may need one ermm sorry. I'm not sure my gp may prescribe one for when I fancy long runs just so I don't have to finger prick every 30 mins or so but may give it a go lol
     
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    I bought my last one from my local Boots two weeks ago. They know how many they are likely to prescribe or sell in one month and usually have one or two in stock, not always, but usually.

    This excuse given by other branches of Boots as well doesn't seem to have got to my branch, I even asked the pharmacist directly. I don't think he got the memo. It's possible that as it's a small branch and I know all the staff well enough to be on first names terms they don't lie to me about getting them for prescription only. They have even told me how few prescriptions for the Libre they fill each month.

    It would be nice if we all had exactly the same experience wherever we lived.
     
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    I suspect that it won't be long before other strip manufacturers recognise a serious gap in their offerings and produce a competitive product.

    However, if conventional strip pricing is anything to go by, these providers will form themselves into a tacit cartel to all share in these wonderful profits.

    So, business as usual but at least supply will improve.
     
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  7. tim2000s

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    You have to be careful with the US numbers quoted. They're often not plain OTC prices and have an insurance contribution that reduces the payable amount.
     
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    Offshore Cheap Meds is the only pharmacy that I can trust in it. Because they are accredited by PharmacyChecker.
     
  9. LakeTahoeBob

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  10. LakeTahoeBob

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    US prices are pretty high- from a low of $30 per sensor to more than $100 per sensor.
     
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