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Boots Erectile Dysfunction Clinic
If you have erection problems don’t worry, you’re not alone. Erectile dysfunction affects more than half of all men aged between 40 and 75 at some point but help is available.
Boots Erectile Dysfunction Clinic can help you understand your treatment options and prescribe medication, if it’s suitable for you. The clinic is suitable for men aged 31 to 65 and is available at 70 Boots pharmacies.
What happens at Boots Erectile Dysfunction Clinic?
1 Book an appointment:
To begin with, use our store locator to find your nearest Boots pharmacy offering the service, then call or pop in to make an appointment.
2 Private consultation:
You’ll have a one-to-one consultation in a private room with one of our fully-trained pharmacists.
They’ll carry out a few checks such as measuring your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and weight. You may also be asked to return for a fasting blood glucose test.
3 Receive treatment:
Your pharmacist will talk you through your options to work out what is best for you. They may supply you with medication at the end of your appointment, if suitable.*
If you’d like a repeat prescription, you’ll need to book a follow-up appointment with a pharmacist.
*Subject to stock availability.
Find your nearest pharmacy offering Erectile Dysfunction clinics
Why is Boots charging £20 for tablets that normally cost a fiver?
I had to have a private prescription for generic Sildenafil and I took it to Boots in Caversham, Reading. This was not the first time I had had this prescription but the first time I had been to Boots to have it filled. The drugs is not available on the NHS which is why I needed a private prescription and have to pay the full price. The prescription was left and picked up later. At the time of pick up I got a nasty shock when I was charged £20 for some tablets I had previously got from two other local dispensing chemists for as little as £5. The label on the tablet box made clear the cost was £5. But Boots insisted on charging £20. Surely there has been a mistake?
We contacted Boots on your behalf and although there has been an error, the price of £20 for eight tablets is unfortunately correct.
A Boots UK spokesperson said: “We can confirm that this is the correct pricing for the private prescription Sildenafil 50mg which is £2.50 per tablet. Though we cannot disclose our pricing mechanism, we regularly review the prices of our private prescriptions and will continue to do so following this feedback.”
When we presented Boots with a photo of the tablets’ misleading label they admitted there had been a mistake – but only in the labelling. Boots added: “We apologise if there was any confusion in this instance regarding the printed bag label. These are generated automatically, and for this medicine it shows the minimum cost for a private prescription is £5. We are looking into this process to make the pricing clearer for our customers and to help avoid this occurrence in future.”
But this doesn’t answer why two other local pharmacies – Rowlands in Hemdean Road – and Day Lewis on Church St charge £5 and £8 respectively for the same medication in the same quantity on a private prescription.
A private prescription (like this) could be issued by a private prescriber or by your NHS prescriber, if your treatment is not available under the NHS. As with any privately administered drug, the prescriber may also charge you for writing a private prescription.
Because these tablets have been prescribed on a private basis (as the NHS doesn’t subsidise it), unlike NHS prescriptions which have a set cost of £8.05, their price is decided by pharmacies, who can charge whatever they like.
Chemists tend to have a “minimum charge” for private prescriptions – for example Boots’ is £5. But what they choose to charge customers above this level varies wildly, so it pays to shop around – especially if its medication you’re taking regularly.
We found that giant chemist chains – Boots and Superdrug – both charge £20 for eight tablets of Sildenafil, which is the most expensive we came across. However, as you have already identified, its possible to pick up Sildenafil at a much cheaper price. For example, the Co-op Pharmacy service offers the same medication in the same quantity for just £4.90 – less than a quarter of the price in Boots and Superdrug, and just 40p more than its minimum charge for private prescriptions, which is £4.50.
To save yourself trawling around town for the best price, you can call the pharmacist directly and they’ll be able to tell you the price within minutes.
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