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The Medicines Act 1968 Prescriptions

Comment 2nd July 2010

 

Repeal the part of this act that requires an individual to obtain a doctors prescription for a course of antibiotics
 
Allow the sale of penicillin based medicines over the counter as they do in many countries outside the EU.
 
In the far east you can walk into a branch of boots the chemist,exactly the same boots as in the high street, have a brief chat to the pharmacist, tell them your problem, abscess under your tooth, infected cut, whatever and buy a course of penicillin or penicillin based antibiotic over the counter without having to see a GP.
 
Contrary to what the last government believed most people are not stupid and can take responsibility for their own health and are just as capable as their GP of diagnosing simple problems and ailments that are affecting them.
 
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Why does this matter?

1.Why waste half of your day waiting to see a GP who is only going to tell you what you already know.

2.Why waste the GP's time and NHS resources when you know broadly what type of medication you require.

3.Many drugs are cheaper than the prescription fee so in some cases money is saved.

4.You take responsibility for yourself as an adult ,you know what is wrong and you know what you need and if you are honest with the pharmacist you will get the right medicine.

5.Cuts costs, saves personal time and gets rid of some bureaucracy.

 
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