There doesn't appear to be a Superdrug close to us with a pharmacy so I think they will have to be purchased online, have you received yours from Travelpharm OK?
I am a bit confused, you say the price of the malaria tablets incuding the presciption fee,
did Travelpharm actually provide their own presciption for you?
But while there are restrictions on which drugs a GP can issue an NHS prescription for, they do also have a degree of discretion in some situations too. If they think that there are good reasons why a patient should have one drug over another etc or if they think that there are particular risks for a patient depending on their medical history then they can still prescribe on the NHS something that they think is more suited to them than is recommended by NICE as a general rule. If something can't be prescribed on the NHS ie it's not been approved by NICE then the pharmacist won't fulfill the prescription at all, so GPs can't defraud the NHS by pescribing something that isn't available on the NHS as the Boots pharmacist seemed to be suggesting.
However, I am surprised that any pharmacist would sell a drug such as Malarone over the counter without either a prescription (private or NHS) from a GP who had investigated any contraindications in the light of your medical history, or alternatively taking a medical history as Brewerdave describes, so that they can be sure that it is safe for you to take in the light of any other health conditions you have or medication that you might be on.
Whether a GP charges for drawing up/issung a private prescrition is up to them - it's private and off the NHS and they keep whatever fee they charge for themselves which is why the rates can vary so much between different practices
Just noticed a brand new Jaguar parked outside my local surgery
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