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Date published: 2007/04/01

The BBC says:

Patients in Wales are now entitled to free prescriptions, on the day the cost rises to £6.85 in the rest of the UK.

Prescription charges had been gradually reduced to £3 - but Welsh assembly members voted earlier this year to scrap them altogether from 1 April.

GP and pharmacist representatives in Wales said scrapping the charges was "good news" for those who find paying for medicines difficult.

However, manufacturers have warned it could lead to drugs going to waste.

Indeed, giving medicine away for free is a recipe for drug prescriptions to soar, whether there is a medical need or not. Not only will more drugs be going to waste but more people will be taking drugs they don't really need.

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