Prescribers are also conscious of costs these days and the drugs issued tend to be the cheaper versions.
Currently the cash-strapped and in demand NHS reportedly wastes a great deal of money prescribing drugs that are either not taken at all or taken ineffectively.
Discussing this latest measure on Question Time Thursday the issue of who owns drug companies and their drug pricing was part of the debate.
The NHS could become truly cost-effective if big Pharma were by-passed and the British health service developed and provided its own drugs. Perhaps that should have been invested in many years ago but surely it is still possible.
But the debate highlight came from an audience member who asked if the Queen would now have 'funded by the UK taxpayer' stitched into her crown and commented perhaps MPS should also have that phrase stitched onto their ministerial work wear.
NHS prescribed drugs will now carry a type of warning, similar to health warnings on packs of cigarettes, to remind people; but why taxpayer funded and not a reminder to 'please complete this course of treatment' or similar?
Prescriptions are not free to all in the UK and there is a charge of £8.20 an item, more for certain items. You can reduce costs if you are not eligible for any help with prescription costs by buying a PPC, prescription prepayment certificate; if you regularly are prescribed multiple items on prescription this can save you money.
At time of writing prescriptions are free or reduced;
But the above list may change.
Social security is under constant reform and prescription charges tend to increase but never reduce.
We are days away from Chancellor Osborne's 'emergency budget' when he is expected to announce a series of tough austerity measures to help fix the mess he inherited from himself!
Osborne is considering many measures including taxing disability benefits, a low blow even for this Tory government.
Tory priorities post May 7 have shown where their ideals lie and it is with corporations, banks and business.
Is labelling NHS drugs 'funded by UK taxpayers' vital and a priority? Will it work or will it alienate those who currently are in the 'free' group? You may not pay for your prescription now but over many years you will have helped fund the NHS with your taxes; and at that time you may have hardly used the NHS if at all.
But how much will this 'reminder' to take your meds cost and why UK taxpayer funded?