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Proton Pump Inhibitors - Update

The patent for the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) lansoprazole expired recently and several generic version are now available. In response to this the Drug Tariff has been updated to reflect a lower price for this drug.

It has been added to Category M of the tariff and this has dramatically reduced the price. 28 capsules of the 15mg and 30mg strength cost £4.57 and £6.73 respectively.

Some patients may have been changed from lansoprazole to omeprazole before this price reduction. A rapid change back to lansoprazole may cause confusion and should be undertaken with caution.

Action: This price change now places lansoprazole as the PPI of choice. Care should be taken switching back to lansoprazole therapy in patients who have recently undergone a change.