Where to buy Malarone

Update: A licensed generic version of Malarone became available in the UK from February 2013. This is non-branded ‘atovaquone/proguanil’ and is medically identical to Malarone. Malarone is Glaxo’s brand name for atovaquone/proguanil.

People often ask where to buy cheap Malarone or how much does Malarone cost.

When buying Malarone travellers need to know; is it genuine Malarone or genuine generic Malarone (non-branded atovaquone/progaunil), has a proper malaria consultation been carried out, does the price include the price of the prescription and will the tablets be supplied in exactly the right quantity needed for the length of the trip, rather than in standard packs.

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Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil) is taken to prevent malaria in areas where there is chloroquine resistance.

Prescriptions for Malarone

Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil) is not normally available legally in the UK without a prescription, except from some specialist pharmacies and travel clinics.

In most cases malaria tablets are  supplied on private prescriptions and not on NHS prescriptions. The NHS will generally not fund the cost of medicines supplied for travel or recreation.

Most private prescriptions are provided to patients by GPs after a consultation. GPs often charge for private prescriptions. The fee is usually around £10 to £15. Some pharmacists and nurses with specialist training are also able to provide private prescription for Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil), usually for a fee.

Dr Fox supplies Malarone and non-branded atovaquone/proguanil on prescription. Prices include the costs of the consultation, private prescription and postage by recorded delivery. Dr Fox costs are lower than most pharmacy websites for most quantities of Malarone or non-branded atovaquone/proguanil. For a twelve week supply of Malarone Dr Fox charges £2.35 per Malarone tablet. Compare online prices.

Dr Fox will reduce prices of Malarone and supply generic Malarone equivalent tablets (non-branded atovaquone/proguanil) at lower cost should the wholesale price of either or both drop significantly following changes to the UK drug license – Feb 21013 (see below under heading ‘cheap Malarone’).

Selected groups of patients are eligible for Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil) on NHS prescriptions; including some people with significant underlying medical conditions.

Buying Malarone (atovaquone/proguanil) from Pharmacies

The price paid for Malarone tablets with a private prescription taken to a high street pharmacy will vary. High street prices can be very much higher than internet prices.

Some pharmacies will not split packs. Travellers can end up paying for 24 tablets when they only need 16. The extra cost for unwanted Malarone tablets resulting from selling whole instead of split packs can be as much as £20 per prescription.

Malarone prices on pharmacy websites are often stated as a price per tablet and usually vary from around £2.35 to £2.75 per tablet. Prices on pharmacy websites do not normally include the cost of the prescription, which is extra.

Cheap Malarone

Until Feb 2013 only the drug company Glaxo had a UK license to supply atovaquone/proguanil, which the Company sold under the brand name Malarone. Glaxo lost its patent after a challenge in the courts, with the result that ‘generic Malarone’ (non-branded atovaquone/proguanil) has now become available at a lower cost than Glaxo’s Malarone.

As malaria is a serious and potentially fatal condition. One should avoid obtaining Malarone (or generic atovaquone/proguanil) from sources where one cannot be sure medicine is genuine. On the internet this means looking for pharmacy websites displaying the online pharmacy logo of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain or for medical consultation websites registration with the Care Quality Commission.

Beware buying Malarone overseas

Malarone  and generic atovaquone/proguanil remain relatively expensive, although with the introduction of the generic drug, prices should now fall.

There is unfortunately a massive trade in fake medicine. Medicines bought from unregulated sources is quite likely to be fake because the profits on fakes can be so great. The risks of travelling in a malaria area without proper malaria prevention are difficult to overstate.

Dr Tony Steele