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Have you ever wondered just how much some medicines cost? And, have you ever wondered whether the NHS should treat everything?

Considered Vaniqa cream and women who have unsightly facial hair? The distress is genuine, but the only prescription cream treatment costs over £60 for a small tube. True, people do not normally die from cosmetic problems and a small tube lasts quite a long time, but should the NHS pay?

Facial fair is more often a problem to women of South Asian and Southern European origin. There is considerable stigma involved. Women can feel unattractive and less feminine. Even so, unless a woman has seen a dermatologist and is suffering psychologically, the NHS is not likely to pay for Vaniqa cream. There are tablets which can help, particularly specialised contraceptives and HRT, but the only prescription cream is probably not going to be available to most women.

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