The Largest Antibiotic Price Rises Jan to Dec 2022

Dec 23, 2022 | General, Generics, UK Brands

With the recent increase in bacterial infections and the shortage of Strep A antibiotic drugs such as penicillin and amoxicillin, Wavedata thought it worth looking at all the antibiotics used in the community in the UK to see which have experienced the greatest price rises.

Therefore we started with a total list of 649 antibiotics, of which 231 are commonly prescribed by community doctors (GPs) in the UK. Of these we found that 80 of the most commonly used products have seen price rises this year.

Those which  now cost pharmacists and dispensing doctors more than double the January price are included in the list below, and the majority are shown on the graph. Only Ampicillin Caps 250mg 28 has been omitted from the graph as its price is normally above £20.00 which does not fit on the graph.


Products 2022 Price Increase
Clarithromycin Tabs 500mg 14 395%
Phenoxymethylpenicillin Tabs 250mg 28 240%
Tetracycline Tabs 250mg 28 227%
Clarithromycin Tabs 250mg 14 206%
Co-Trimoxazole Tabs 80mg/400mg 28 139%
Amoxicillin Suspension S/F 250mg/5ml 100ml 134%
Amoxicillin Syrup 125mg/5ml 100ml 133%
Ampicillin Caps 250mg 28 132%
Amoxicillin Syrup S/F 250mg/5ml 100ml 129%
Cefadroxil Caps 500mg 20 120%
Amoxicillin Syrup 250mg/5ml 100ml 113%
Amoxicillin Suspension 250mg/5ml 100ml 109%
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