Reduce the Testing Requirements for new Drugs

I think the testing requirements for new drugs and other medical treatments may have gone too far towards the "precautionary principal." Every tragic case of a new drug turning out to have dangerous side effects pushes us a bit further the same way, whereas countless cases of people dying, or having greately reduced quality of life for want of new treatments goes unremarked.

Getting a treatment to market is now so expensive that only a handful of companies can now afford to attempt it, creating a kind of complex monopoly. Treatements derived from proper, open, scientific research tend to be unpatentable, and consequently nobody will fund the necessary trials.

Why is this idea important?

I think the testing requirements for new drugs and other medical treatments may have gone too far towards the "precautionary principal." Every tragic case of a new drug turning out to have dangerous side effects pushes us a bit further the same way, whereas countless cases of people dying, or having greately reduced quality of life for want of new treatments goes unremarked.

Getting a treatment to market is now so expensive that only a handful of companies can now afford to attempt it, creating a kind of complex monopoly. Treatements derived from proper, open, scientific research tend to be unpatentable, and consequently nobody will fund the necessary trials.

Remove the annoying restriction when buying over the counter tablets eg paracetamol, ibuprofen etc

Please look at removing this very annoying restriction (law) that says you can only buy two packets at a time.   But you can go to as many shops as you like, one after the other, and keep buying two packets.  How very stupid is this?

Why does this restriction exist and what is the thinking behind it?

Why is this idea important?

Please look at removing this very annoying restriction (law) that says you can only buy two packets at a time.   But you can go to as many shops as you like, one after the other, and keep buying two packets.  How very stupid is this?

Why does this restriction exist and what is the thinking behind it?

over the counter drugs

Change (upwards) the number of asprins, paracetamol etc tabs one can buy on a visit to the chemist as it only increases packaging and cost to the user. Currently you can only buy 32 paracetamol per visit so you have to drive back for more – or walk to the other chemists in the vicinity thus negating the control – crazy!

Why is this idea important?

Change (upwards) the number of asprins, paracetamol etc tabs one can buy on a visit to the chemist as it only increases packaging and cost to the user. Currently you can only buy 32 paracetamol per visit so you have to drive back for more – or walk to the other chemists in the vicinity thus negating the control – crazy!

Review restrictions on prescription drugs

Some mild antibiotics such as Amoxicillin and Terramycin could be sold over the pharmacy counter without a prescription.

Other drugs which are taken long term (usually a lifetime) such as cholesterol and diabetes medication should be prescribed if requested on one year prescriptions rather than making the patient return for repeat prescriptions often because that is more profitable from the surgery, the pharmacy and the NHS.

Why is this idea important?

Some mild antibiotics such as Amoxicillin and Terramycin could be sold over the pharmacy counter without a prescription.

Other drugs which are taken long term (usually a lifetime) such as cholesterol and diabetes medication should be prescribed if requested on one year prescriptions rather than making the patient return for repeat prescriptions often because that is more profitable from the surgery, the pharmacy and the NHS.

Review of pharmacists’ power over birth control

In pharmacies, the pharmacist can reject requests for the morning after pill based on moral grounds. I feel that this is far too much power from one person over an issue that does not concern them along with too much interference over someone's life. If this power is taken away from pharmacists then accessing birth control will be easier. It should not be up to the pharmacist to determine a woman's pregnancy, it is unfair and places too much power in the hands of a stranger.

Why is this idea important?

In pharmacies, the pharmacist can reject requests for the morning after pill based on moral grounds. I feel that this is far too much power from one person over an issue that does not concern them along with too much interference over someone's life. If this power is taken away from pharmacists then accessing birth control will be easier. It should not be up to the pharmacist to determine a woman's pregnancy, it is unfair and places too much power in the hands of a stranger.

Remove restrictions on medicines

Review the list of types of medicine which are currently only available with a prescription.

Some commonly used mild antibiotics such as Amoxicillin and Terramycin could reasonably be bought directly from a pharmacy without prescription.

Other long term (lifetime) medications such as for diabetes could be automatically prescribed on request in prescriptions for a years supply rather than for patients needing to phone regularly for repeat prescriptions simply because doing it that way makes more money for the doctor, the pharmacy and the NHS through more prescription charges.

Why is this idea important?

Review the list of types of medicine which are currently only available with a prescription.

Some commonly used mild antibiotics such as Amoxicillin and Terramycin could reasonably be bought directly from a pharmacy without prescription.

Other long term (lifetime) medications such as for diabetes could be automatically prescribed on request in prescriptions for a years supply rather than for patients needing to phone regularly for repeat prescriptions simply because doing it that way makes more money for the doctor, the pharmacy and the NHS through more prescription charges.

Disband the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

The legislation creating the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council should be repealed, and all medical regulation should be put on an entirely evidence-based basis.

Why is this idea important?

The legislation creating the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council should be repealed, and all medical regulation should be put on an entirely evidence-based basis.

Dispensing chemists

In Bloxham (Banbury, OXON) where I live a new NHS Pharmacy has opened in the village. This has meant that people living within 1 mile of this new Pharmacy can no longer collect their prescriptions from the local doctor's Dispensary. Clearly this is madness, as people have to travel from the doctors to the new Pharmacy.

I understand this is part of the 1948 NHS Act and propose that this element of the Act be repealled.

Tony Baldry, our local MP, has raised this in the house.

Why is this idea important?

In Bloxham (Banbury, OXON) where I live a new NHS Pharmacy has opened in the village. This has meant that people living within 1 mile of this new Pharmacy can no longer collect their prescriptions from the local doctor's Dispensary. Clearly this is madness, as people have to travel from the doctors to the new Pharmacy.

I understand this is part of the 1948 NHS Act and propose that this element of the Act be repealled.

Tony Baldry, our local MP, has raised this in the house.

Fair prescription charging for all

I find it discraceful that when I go and see a doctor I have to pay £7.60 (or thereabouts) for a prescription, because I work and pay into the system, and yet when some chav comes in who doesn't work and doesnt pay N.I they get the same prescription for free. I mean, we could both have exactly the same chest infection or something, and I have to pay but they don't? That is not fair.

I would like to propose a new system. I would like to see the government and the NHS between them work out the total value of all prescriptions dispensed in a year at current prices. I don't mind people who have genuine, long term (say 6 months plus) illnesses recieving free prescriptions as it is not their fault that they can't work and are ill. So the govornment/NHS should then work out how much the prescriptions in this catagory come to, and discount that. Then, if they divide the amount of prescriptions left into the total cost, this should give the amount that people should be paying. Charge this amount to EVERYONE. Not only will this get rid of the very unfair system we have at the moment, but it should significantly reduce the amount that the tax paying workforce have to pay at the same time, as the workshy chavs would have to pay their way for once.

Why is this idea important?

I find it discraceful that when I go and see a doctor I have to pay £7.60 (or thereabouts) for a prescription, because I work and pay into the system, and yet when some chav comes in who doesn't work and doesnt pay N.I they get the same prescription for free. I mean, we could both have exactly the same chest infection or something, and I have to pay but they don't? That is not fair.

I would like to propose a new system. I would like to see the government and the NHS between them work out the total value of all prescriptions dispensed in a year at current prices. I don't mind people who have genuine, long term (say 6 months plus) illnesses recieving free prescriptions as it is not their fault that they can't work and are ill. So the govornment/NHS should then work out how much the prescriptions in this catagory come to, and discount that. Then, if they divide the amount of prescriptions left into the total cost, this should give the amount that people should be paying. Charge this amount to EVERYONE. Not only will this get rid of the very unfair system we have at the moment, but it should significantly reduce the amount that the tax paying workforce have to pay at the same time, as the workshy chavs would have to pay their way for once.

Repeal the EU Directive on Food Supplements

The EU directive on food supplements took away many vitamins, mineral and supplements from our shelves.

It is known by science that our modern diets are too low in nutrients and that this causes disease.

Allow us to make our own choces about what we buy for our own health with our own money and repeal this directive.

 

Why is this idea important?

The EU directive on food supplements took away many vitamins, mineral and supplements from our shelves.

It is known by science that our modern diets are too low in nutrients and that this causes disease.

Allow us to make our own choces about what we buy for our own health with our own money and repeal this directive.

 

Allow pharmacy staff to hand-over prescriptions

There seems to be no possibility collecting a prescription, which is in a sealed and labelled bag, from a pharmacy unless the pharmacist is available.

This does not prevent any prescriptions being given out to the wrong person, nor does it prevent the wrong medicines being put into the bag in the first place. It simply inconveniences the customer, and puts pressure on the pharmacy either to employ two pharmacists or restrict the pharmacist's free time. If the pharmacist is sick or has transport problems, then nobody can get the medication which may well be ready for them to collect, until a locum is arranged.

I don't know if this is as a result of direct legislation,eg "only the pharmacist can supply prescription medicine" , "a pharmacist must be present whenever…" or yet another over-eager application of "Health and Safety" legislation.

Either way, it is a nonsense.  Rarely, an individual needs to speak to a (usually busy) pharmacist: he/she would just have to wait, as is presently the case.

Why is this idea important?

There seems to be no possibility collecting a prescription, which is in a sealed and labelled bag, from a pharmacy unless the pharmacist is available.

This does not prevent any prescriptions being given out to the wrong person, nor does it prevent the wrong medicines being put into the bag in the first place. It simply inconveniences the customer, and puts pressure on the pharmacy either to employ two pharmacists or restrict the pharmacist's free time. If the pharmacist is sick or has transport problems, then nobody can get the medication which may well be ready for them to collect, until a locum is arranged.

I don't know if this is as a result of direct legislation,eg "only the pharmacist can supply prescription medicine" , "a pharmacist must be present whenever…" or yet another over-eager application of "Health and Safety" legislation.

Either way, it is a nonsense.  Rarely, an individual needs to speak to a (usually busy) pharmacist: he/she would just have to wait, as is presently the case.

Reject Codex Alimentarius

Codex alimentarius seeks to eradicate the natural health industry and organic farming in favour of the pharmaceutical industries bio engineered remedies and gm crops. Codex alimentarius should be immediatly thrown out of the reading stages of acts of parliament.

Why is this idea important?

Codex alimentarius seeks to eradicate the natural health industry and organic farming in favour of the pharmaceutical industries bio engineered remedies and gm crops. Codex alimentarius should be immediatly thrown out of the reading stages of acts of parliament.

Remove rule on quantity of drugs per prescription

Remove limitation on each each prescription to 4 weeks supply of drugs. At the moment every four weeks I have to submit a repeat prescription request for my Thyroxine even though I only need a blood test every 6 to 12 months. For for all the other repeat prescription the Doctor adds no useful value they just automatically sign the form

Why is this idea important?

Remove limitation on each each prescription to 4 weeks supply of drugs. At the moment every four weeks I have to submit a repeat prescription request for my Thyroxine even though I only need a blood test every 6 to 12 months. For for all the other repeat prescription the Doctor adds no useful value they just automatically sign the form

stop indescriminate drugging of distressed people by mental health workers

i have recently come of  depixol after nearly 30 years of being drugged and behaving as a 'good' quiet, helpless voiceless mental patient. i suffered a severe reaction even after a slow reduction over 15 months. the mental health team knew of my distress but refused the help i so desperatley needed. i went through a profoundly disturbing and frightening week after asking to see a counsellor. i explained to a c.p.n. how i was fluctuating frighteningly between the real world and the psychotic one. i was determined not to be remedicated but needed to talk through the process i now recognise as spiritual emergence. help was denied and because i had a heated few words on the phone with various mental health people they arrived a week later armed with the drug briefcase (two of them) i refused them entry. the only help offered was a list of workshops for me to attend in the future. they inadvertantly shot themselves in the foot tiough because i found the strength to come through this and had they actually bothered to come and see me the week before they would have found evidence to support putting me back on the living death drugs!!! i am calling for the indescriminate use of anti psychotics and the enforced drugging of so called 'mental patients' to be stopped. the losers if this was implemented would be the drug companies whose interests are best served by the medical model of psychiatry.

Why is this idea important?

i have recently come of  depixol after nearly 30 years of being drugged and behaving as a 'good' quiet, helpless voiceless mental patient. i suffered a severe reaction even after a slow reduction over 15 months. the mental health team knew of my distress but refused the help i so desperatley needed. i went through a profoundly disturbing and frightening week after asking to see a counsellor. i explained to a c.p.n. how i was fluctuating frighteningly between the real world and the psychotic one. i was determined not to be remedicated but needed to talk through the process i now recognise as spiritual emergence. help was denied and because i had a heated few words on the phone with various mental health people they arrived a week later armed with the drug briefcase (two of them) i refused them entry. the only help offered was a list of workshops for me to attend in the future. they inadvertantly shot themselves in the foot tiough because i found the strength to come through this and had they actually bothered to come and see me the week before they would have found evidence to support putting me back on the living death drugs!!! i am calling for the indescriminate use of anti psychotics and the enforced drugging of so called 'mental patients' to be stopped. the losers if this was implemented would be the drug companies whose interests are best served by the medical model of psychiatry.

Standardise prescription exemptions for all

Many types of diabetics or epileptics can claim free prescriptions, not just for medicines for their conditions but for every item. The same is true with certain other specified conditions, for persons with permanent fistuals, with cancer and so on – but not for many serious, life-threatening or chronic, life-long conditions, permanent pain and a thousand plus other similar needs for ongoing, permanent medicines.

Yes, pre-payment certificates can lessen the cost:, although still over £100 pa, which is a lot for those on low incomes or benfits where exemption is not available (eg incapacity benefit). So let's even the playing field, please. All chronic conditions and high-need patients  – or none.

Why is this idea important?

Many types of diabetics or epileptics can claim free prescriptions, not just for medicines for their conditions but for every item. The same is true with certain other specified conditions, for persons with permanent fistuals, with cancer and so on – but not for many serious, life-threatening or chronic, life-long conditions, permanent pain and a thousand plus other similar needs for ongoing, permanent medicines.

Yes, pre-payment certificates can lessen the cost:, although still over £100 pa, which is a lot for those on low incomes or benfits where exemption is not available (eg incapacity benefit). So let's even the playing field, please. All chronic conditions and high-need patients  – or none.

Make the contraceptive Pill available free from pharmacies

To obtain the contraceptive Pill, one must currently have an appointment with the nurse every time it is prescribed (usually every three or six months). The main purpose of this appointment is to check blood pressure, but devices to read blood pressure are already located in many GPs' waiting rooms, and could be installed in all large pharmacies. If the 'morning-after' pill is available from pharmacies, why couldn't more preventative measures also be made available?

I stress that it would have to be decided by health experts whether this should or should not be available for people being prescribed the Pill for the first time, as these women may need to discuss its suitability for them with a nurse. It should certainly be an option for those for whom it was a repeat prescription, and who could provide evidence of this.

Why is this idea important?

To obtain the contraceptive Pill, one must currently have an appointment with the nurse every time it is prescribed (usually every three or six months). The main purpose of this appointment is to check blood pressure, but devices to read blood pressure are already located in many GPs' waiting rooms, and could be installed in all large pharmacies. If the 'morning-after' pill is available from pharmacies, why couldn't more preventative measures also be made available?

I stress that it would have to be decided by health experts whether this should or should not be available for people being prescribed the Pill for the first time, as these women may need to discuss its suitability for them with a nurse. It should certainly be an option for those for whom it was a repeat prescription, and who could provide evidence of this.

Prescription inefficiency means national waste

I attended a clinic on referral from my G.P.  The Doctor I saw at the clinic prescribed some straightforward medication, so I called at the dispensary attached to the clinic on my way out of the building.  The dispensary was not allowed to issue the required medication because I was not "on their list".  I was advised to go to a chemist's or back to my G.P.

This is a small lunacy which the dispensary staff could not give a good reason to justify.  It's a waste of time, money and carbon.  The clinic is in Upton Upon Severn in Worcestershire.

Make dispensing clinics enabled to issue their own medication to all users of their own clinics.  What is the risk?

Why is this idea important?

I attended a clinic on referral from my G.P.  The Doctor I saw at the clinic prescribed some straightforward medication, so I called at the dispensary attached to the clinic on my way out of the building.  The dispensary was not allowed to issue the required medication because I was not "on their list".  I was advised to go to a chemist's or back to my G.P.

This is a small lunacy which the dispensary staff could not give a good reason to justify.  It's a waste of time, money and carbon.  The clinic is in Upton Upon Severn in Worcestershire.

Make dispensing clinics enabled to issue their own medication to all users of their own clinics.  What is the risk?