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Repeat Prescriptions

2 Comments 2nd July 2010

Law restricting Prescriptions for medications to 1 months supply

For example. –  I personally have  3 repeat prescriptions. Two are basic nasal sprays and one is statins.  I will have to take the statins for the rest of my life and the sprays for a year or so (at least).  Yet I can only get prespriptions that are for 3/4weeks supply.  This means that every 3/4 weeks the doctor has to give me a prescription, the chemist dispense it and the bureaucracy has to  process the paperwork & make payments.  Why?  I can see the logic if the items were high cost (to avoid waste) or dangerous (to avoid overdose) etc but these are cheap, 'run of the mill' items that I will need for months/years.  So why not allow say 3 months prescriptions on such items.  Income/payments from the public can not be the issue as the £7 I pay will no where near cover the admin – and in any case, most people do not pay anyway.

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It will save time and money within the NHS

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2 Responses to Repeat Prescriptions

  1. Susie Price says:

    I agree – I have type 1 diabetes but am looked after by a hospital rather than my GP. I see the consultant and the my type of insulin hasn’t changed for 5/6 years before that it hadn’t changed for over 10 years. I’m also on statins so every 2 months I have o go into work late so I can deliver my repea prescription and leave work early to pick it up. Since this excessive frequency of repeat prescriptions was introduced my GP rarely manages to get the prescription right so I have to check it each time. I suspect there a link (even if it’s no a direct one) with the amount of prescriptions GPs write and how much money they receive that’s at the root of this problem.

  2. Barry Goodier says:

    I am retired, and I devide my time between Scotland, and France. I need a number of drug (Statins, Amitriptyiline, Omeprazole, Bisoprolol, plus inhalers for my Athsma. I have been taking these drugs for years, some for many years. I have had no problems atall managing the said drugs. When I am in Scotland, I am given repeat proscriptions every two months. My GP used to let me have 4 months-worth before I would leav for France. Now I am informed that the maximum I may have is three months-worth. This means I have to go to see a French GP for the missing 1 months-worth, at a cost. True, the EHIC does allow me to reclaim some of this cost, but not the total. Why am I discriminated against in this way? Surely this costs the NHS addinionally also. But why? Where is the gain and to whom?

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