If a drug is cheaper to buy over the counter and not requiring a 'script' then the patient should buy it ... many items should not be allowed on script, e.g. hay fever tabs, head lice treatments, all the common issues which can be managed by a visit to a pharmacy.
Where a GP is changing a medication, issue a smaller amount, all too often a months supply is issued, then changed when the patient has problems with the medication. If suitable and suitable for ongoing care, the patient can order online.
GP's should check when the patient last ordered, ensure the patent is taking the medication / treatment before 'signing off' more scripts. Medication reviews are often just a quick look down the prescription list and continue to prescribe, who ever asked the patient if a treatment is working, of if indeed the patient still requires that treatment?
So much money is wasted due to lack of medication reviews and issuing large amounts of new drugs fro a first time.
Perhaps GP's should should refer patients back to a pharmacy if an ailment can be managed there.
It is not rocket science, just plain old common sense, but it seems the NHS is afraid to do anything that just might upset the patient?
WE can't just accept medicines back in the pharmacy because theres no guarantee that they've been stored correctly. They may have been kept in a hot suitcase, or a freezer, or in a damp cupboard- and any of these storage issues might render the contents unusable.
There may even be malicious deliberate tampering - there's just no way of knowing.
Patient safety and medication efficacy are the pharmacist's primary concern here- so potentially unstable medicines cannot be just placed back into the dispensary- even though , I absolutely agree, its a heartbreaking waste of resources.
Yes true! I have medicines I did not use. The were not over prescribed but were changed. I took them back to the chemist who said they couldn’t re prescribe them as they may not be safe. Even though they are I. Sealed package -bubble package.
Friend are hanging on to them in,
Can we check then and put them back on the shelf at the chemist.
Much has been said about maintenance of well-being/prevention of loss of wellbeing but little appears to be being positively done. There is a huge waste in unused prescriptions, so some emphasis is required to address amounts prescribed and re-issue of prescriptions without adequate review of need.