GPs told to prescribe cheaper drugs to help cure NHS overspend by billions of pounds a yearPrescribing generic alternatives to branded drugs 'could save billions'Swapping could free up money for other areas of the NHS | UPDATED: 08:29 GMT, 31 December 2012 Report: Prescribing generic alternatives to expensive branded drugs could save the NHS billions, a new study claims Doctors could save the NHS billions of pounds a year by ditching expensive branded drugs in favour of prescribing cheaper, equally-effective alternatives, new research has found. More than 200 million was unnecessarily spent on two types of costly statin drugs alone in the last year, despite doctors usually being advised to prescribe better value options, the study said. The wider issue of inefficient spending on prescriptions where far cheaper generic equivalents exist is estimated to cost the NHS 1billion a year, data company Mastodon C said.
Doctors warn travellers of vaccine shortage for deadly typhoid fever Shortage follows a recall by one pharmaceutical company of 88 per cent of its typhoid vaccine stock in OctoberTyphoid fever occurs mostly in developing countries in areas with poor sanitationProves fatal in up to 30 per cent of cases if left untreated | UPDATED: 11:55 GMT, 26 December 2012 Holidaymakers escaping the British winter to exotic climes may struggle to get immunised against typhoid, doctors have warned. There is a UK shortage of the vaccine for the potentially lethal disease, following a recall by pharmaceutical company of 88 per cent of its stock.