I know asthma is not officially classified as a long-term illness but we all know different
Just wanted to post this up here to save anyone else a similar situation.
My boyfriend got my prescription for me in an independently owned chemist in Waterford City nearly 2 weeks ago. He arrived home to tell me that my prescription had cost €130 (thereabouts). He got me 2 inhalers, Seretide 250 evohaler and Salamol 100mg inhaler. I knew that the Salamol should only have been €10 max. so I rang the chemist to query the prices as the last time I got the inhaler it was about €85. I was told over the phone that the price was correct and it was the price being charged by all chemists. I rang 3 other chemists in the area and was told the same price or thereabouts, €1/€2 in the difference either way.
I happened to be in Boots last Thursday getting antibiotics and I asked the chemist what price they were charging for Seretide. She was nowhere near as offended that I would query the price as the other chemist was over the phone - she demanded to know why I wanted to know the price. So the chemist in Boots went off to check the price. Seretide 250 evohaler €74.78. I couldn't believe it! The chemist in Boots told me that Sam McCauleys have also reduced their prices recently.
So just to warn anybody else, I'm sure you don't want to pay nearly €50 more in one chemist so beware of where you are shopping.