Malarone Generic Tablets (Atovaquone and Proguanil 250mg/100mg) £1 per tablet @ ASDA
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Malarone Generic Tablets (Atovaquone and Proguanil 250mg/100mg) £1 per tablet @ ASDA

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Found 28th May 2014
The patent for Malarone, an anti malarial drug ran out last year and you can now buy generic (unbranded, but identical) tablets at a highly reduced price. After shopping around extensively for a weeks worth of the drug being quoted upwards of £50 for the course (16 tablets). I found that ASDA sell it at £1 per tablet, which is less than half the price of any other high street pharmacy and 65p less per tablet than the cheapest online pharmacy I could find. Hope this helps anyone trying to travel on a budget!

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Cold!!
Cheaper going to your gp and getting a £8.05 prescription
Simples

Editor

Can you buy them as single tablets though? Just asking, never seen them before.

I'm not sure a GP will describe a drug that is to be used overseas and for the purposes of enjoying a holiday. They certainly wouldn't when I needed a load.

Looks like a great deal to me. I paid so much that I have erased the memory.

Original Poster

@jamie32 It's not available on the NHS. You need private prescription and have to pay for it...

you can get a private prescription from your gp, where you will pay the cost price of the drug. i work in pharmacy.

Original Poster

@BBurn you can get as many tablets as you need. I got 16

jamie32

Cold!!Cheaper going to your gp and getting a £8.05 prescription Simples

definitely not available on NHS.

Yes you have to have a private prescription but this is still the cheapest of any pharmacy ,cost or not, they do sell single tablets, in fact apparently they will give you a consultation so you don't need a private prescription. I couldn't do this though because it was for my children who are under 18, and that didn't comply with their licence. HOT

Mmm, I'd expect them cheaper being a "generic". I paid £1/tablet of Malarone back in 2002. Ok, more than 10 years ago, but still expensive. Having said that, no side effects like my colleagues who went for cheaper alternatives (that's how you ruin a holiday...)

I've not used these generic tablets yet, but I always buy my Malarone from Asda. They are a lot cheaper than the travel clinic which most people use.

I often use Malarone for a month at a time, I've not had any side effects yet. The longest stretch on these, was 5 months stuck in Cameroon. Again no side effects except missing my own bed....

My go has prescribed me this medication on no less than four occasions for trips to Kenya and Gambia. Those that are suggesting you cannot get an nhs prescription are clearly wrong.

Are not Malarone tablets one per week?

No that's mefloquine- don't take that as it's got a worse side effect profile

Generally your gp will only be able to prescribe if your ccg/pct will allow it- or your gp is a gee and does whatever they like because they are a gp -how dare you question them! Haha

Buy em when you get there , save a fortune !

Nice, I've always used doxycycline before because of the prohibitive cost of malarone. This still works out much more expensive for a prolonged trip, but probably worth it so as not to burn even easier than usual!

jamie32

Cold!!Cheaper going to your gp and getting a £8.05 prescription Simples



WRONG! Malarone is not prescribed by the NHS, it's a private prescription so you pay at the GP for the prescription and at the pharmacy. I work in GP management if you want the source.

cam2012

My go has prescribed me this medication on no less than four occasions … My go has prescribed me this medication on no less than four occasions for trips to Kenya and Gambia. Those that are suggesting you cannot get an nhs prescription are clearly wrong.



Your GP is either extremely generous or is clearly not managing their prescribing budget properly.

tforsale

Mmm, I'd expect them cheaper being a "generic". I paid £1/tablet of … Mmm, I'd expect them cheaper being a "generic". I paid £1/tablet of Malarone back in 2002. Ok, more than 10 years ago, but still expensive. Having said that, no side effects like my colleagues who went for cheaper alternatives (that's how you ruin a holiday...)



cost near £3 a tablet in 2006 when I got them

Which store ?

You can check whether you need to take antimalarials for your destination by studying the maps here

Krude1

Your GP is either extremely generous or is clearly not managing their … Your GP is either extremely generous or is clearly not managing their prescribing budget properly.


I don't care what he is, is all I know is he will write me a prescription for malaria tablets. In the long run its cheaper than treating me for malaria when I get home!

BBurn

I don't care what he is, is all I know is he will write me a prescription … I don't care what he is, is all I know is he will write me a prescription for malaria tablets. In the long run its cheaper than treating me for malaria when I get home!



GP's are not normally supposed to prescribe Malarone on the NHS but, unfortunately, a few do squander precious NHS resources on subsidising people's holidays / jobs / gap year...

GP's should be able to offer a private prescription - some will charge a few pounds, others won't bother. GP's are entitled to charge for private prescriptions (it's not NHS work so they don't get paid for it via any other means).

If your GP does you a private script, make sure it's for atovaquone/proguanil (the generic name) rather than Malarone and you should pay a little less if you fill the prescription at a pharmacy - this is quite new and many doctors haven't caught up with the fact that you can get generic Malarone yet so they may need a nudge.

nickbooth

You can check whether you need to take antimalarials for your destination … You can check whether you need to take antimalarials for your destination by studying the maps here



Good tip - it's worth checking back regularly as malaria advice for some regions does change depending on the current circumstances / any outbreaks.
Edited by: "me_lee" 29th May 2014

nickbooth

You can check whether you need to take antimalarials for your destination … You can check whether you need to take antimalarials for your destination by studying the maps here



exactly,

and then buy where the locals buy ! , they certainly can't afford uk prices
Edited by: "logohigh" 29th May 2014

logohigh

exactly,and then buy where the locals buy ! , they certainly can't afford … exactly,and then buy where the locals buy ! , they certainly can't afford uk prices



I would use caution. There is a massive trade in fake medicines in many developing countries. Protection against malaria isn't something I would fancy chancing my arm with - especially when the cost is fairly modest here.

cold. teva is an Israeli company I believe. freezing...

mr_hercules

cold. teva is an Israeli company I believe. freezing...



Why do people always leave ambiguous comments like this?

What on earth are you talking about? Am I missing something here? Cold on the basis you think it might be an Israeli company?!
Edited by: "yrreb88" 29th May 2014

nickbooth

You can check whether you need to take antimalarials for your destination … You can check whether you need to take antimalarials for your destination by studying the maps here


or you could buy a £2.50 bottle of "Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Body Spray" from Avon. Just read reviews at the bottom of the product page. We have used it on several occasions in West and East Africa and didn't bother with antimalarials at all. Mosquitoes hate this stuff and unlike DEET based products it doesn't dissolve plastic and smells reasonably well.

Edited by: "cocollino" 29th May 2014

logohigh

exactly,and then buy where the locals buy ! , they certainly can't afford … exactly,and then buy where the locals buy ! , they certainly can't afford uk prices



The locals do not use antimalerials, thats why so many die each year.

cocollino

or you could buy a £2.50 bottle of "Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Body … or you could buy a £2.50 bottle of "Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Body Spray" from Avon. Just read reviews at the bottom of the product page. We have used it on several occasions in West and East Africa and didn't bother with antimalarials at all. Mosquitoes hate this stuff and unlike DEET based products it doesn't dissolve plastic and smells reasonably well.



You really shouldn't be giving advice about antimalerial protection. You should be using the spray, as well as tablets.

I've probably spent 3 years in Africa spread over the last 7 years. This is something that shouldn't be taken lightly, unfortunately I've known a few people who have been struck down and with this. The worst thing is, if the guys would have still been in Africa when there symptoms started showing, they probably would still be alive. In the UK your GP just isn't trained or have the equipment available to do a quick test, which would save lives.
Edited by: "peter1969uk" 29th May 2014

peter1969uk

The locals do not use antimalerials, thats why so many die each year.




Why are they for sale then

Malaria isn't everywhere, other Africans moving about DO use them
Edited by: "logohigh" 29th May 2014

Good price. The branded stuff is around £3 on the high street and over £2 on the net plus the cost if a private prescription - often just an on line questionnaire. Don't rely on buying locally. It may be hard to find and counterfeit. Locals don't use these all the time. Just when they actually
get malaria and even then only if they can afford it.

cold. not an iPad tablet

Excellent price (the best price that we have paid in the last few years is £2.30 each) and can confirm that our local Asda have them at £1 each

Great timing op! Going to Peru next week and had an injection appointment this morning so got the nurse to change the previous prescription for malarone to this stuff - she was surprised you could get this at £1 and said she'd give all the other staff a heads up.

jamie32

Cold!!Cheaper going to your gp and getting a £8.05 prescription Simples



Best not to talk about stuff you know nothing about, or you make yourself sound..... Simples! These are not available on the NHS as they are anti malarial (to stop you getting poorly on holiday from malaria infected mosquito) private prescription only.

Excellent price hot!

This price is amazing.

Everyone complaining or giving out false 'assumed' advice probably don't holiday further than Benidorm so really don't have a clue just how good a deal this is.

This is the same brand we used in hospitals I worked in.

you just saved me a lot of money - THANK YOU!

Whats the shelf life
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