Each month we publish a list of the products of the month where the products which are the cheapest from the period are highlighted and which all pharmacies shall offer their customers when they substitute medicines.
In this list we mark three products in each package size group. The product with the lowest price is marked as the product of the month. We are marking a further two to facilitate dispensing for pharmacies when the product of the month is out-of-stock.
Pharmacies cannot choose freely between the three products but they can offer pharmacy customers the next cheapest in exceptional cases, such as when there are delivery problems.
Products of the month apply for one month until we have updated the file with new prices and medicines. It may happen that a medicine in the list is not available for the entire period, and in these cases we also update the list.
We will appoint a new product if another is not available
Pharmaceutical companies shall be prepared to provide the product we appoint as the product of the month to all of the pharmacies in Sweden for the entire period. We want to avoid the circumstance of the cheapest products not being available at pharmacies. If a company cannot supply the product it is crucial that the TLV is informed - and then we can appoint a new product.
Prices within the package size group are crucial
We decide which medicines are to be the cheapest products of the month by comparing prices within the package size group the product belongs to. Then pharmacies substitute the prescription medicine to the package with the lowest sales price per tablet.