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Boots owner denies overcharging NHS for cancer mouthwash

Boots owner denies overcharging NHS for cancer mouthwash

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The owner of Boots has rejected claims it overcharged the NHS for a mouthwash used by cancer patients.An investigation by the Times newspaper said the high street chemist charged the NHS £3,220 for the medicinal mouthwash, which can cost £93.Walgreens Boots Alliance said its businesses complied with the law. NHS England said pharmacies should seek to secure best value, while ministers have asked the Competition and Markets Authority to consider investigating.The mouthwash - used by patients with sores caused by chemotherapy - is among a group of drugs known as specials. Specials are unlicensed medicines for non-standard treatments.The Times claims Boots has benefitted from a legal loophole that allows suppliers to set their own prices for thes...