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MARGOT Parker MEP has called for action after reports drug prices for the NHS increased up to 70-fold last year.
The figures, which represented a £315m price increase has been blamed on the makers and wholesalers.
Mrs Parker, MEP for the East Midlands, said more must be done to to keep prices lower.
She said: "The NHS is struggling. We all know money needs to be found to protect it.
"Reports showed the price of one medication, quetiapine, prescribed for severe depression, increased from £1.59 for a pack of 100 tablets to £113.10.
"This is scandalous and the NHS cannot sustain paying for these vast increases.
"I understand that from next month, the Department of Health will be given new powers to control increases in drug prices.
"This has to be actioned and monitored - the money we are spending on inflated drug budgets could be better spent on healthcare."
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