Silly Restrictions on buying Lemsip Max from Chemists in Atherstone. UK

Today the 9th June 2015 I tried to purchase three boxes times ten of Lemsip Max cold and flu treatment from two chemists in Atherstone. one would only let me have two and another chemist said that he he could let me buy one at a time, that the chemist offering me two was breaking the law.

I take quite a large number of prescription tablets of varying types during the course of the week which also consists of a box of a hundred a time paracetamol, which I take only when in severe pain.

I would have to be pretty stupid to abuse myself by taking excessive amounts of Lemsips when I already have a hundred or more Paracetamol tablets to hand,
What is the purpose of these stupid laws, and what moron passed them?

If this is law then it is very easy to exploit it by going to various shops or chemists and buying the max amount that they will sell you, so what is the purpose of this law, it serves no purpose what so ever.

Why is this idea important?

Today the 9th June 2015 I tried to purchase three boxes times ten of Lemsip Max cold and flu treatment from two chemists in Atherstone. one would only let me have two and another chemist said that he he could let me buy one at a time, that the chemist offering me two was breaking the law.

I take quite a large number of prescription tablets of varying types during the course of the week which also consists of a box of a hundred a time paracetamol, which I take only when in severe pain.

I would have to be pretty stupid to abuse myself by taking excessive amounts of Lemsips when I already have a hundred or more Paracetamol tablets to hand,
What is the purpose of these stupid laws, and what moron passed them?

If this is law then it is very easy to exploit it by going to various shops or chemists and buying the max amount that they will sell you, so what is the purpose of this law, it serves no purpose what so ever.

Limiting free prescriptions where the item can be bought cheaply over the counter

Pensioners and other non-means tested benefit recipients are entitled to free prescriptions irrespective of their wealth. Unless they are on means tested benefits, they should not receive free prescriptions for low-cost medicines available over the counter.

Why is this idea important?

Pensioners and other non-means tested benefit recipients are entitled to free prescriptions irrespective of their wealth. Unless they are on means tested benefits, they should not receive free prescriptions for low-cost medicines available over the counter.

Remove the difficulties in obtaining coproxamol

My doctor will no longer prescribe coproxamol for me, despite having taken it for 35 years, because NICE has decided that it can be used to commit suicide.  Due to medical conditions I cannot take any other painkillers so I just have to "grin and bear it"  I can go to any supermarket and buy paracetamol or aspirin which certainly would kill me, but because my GP is not prepared to take responsibility for writing a prescription saying that "NICE has said no"  I, and countless others, have to suffer.  I have absolutely no intention of taking my life, so please repeal this ruling and allow me to enjoy my life again.

Why is this idea important?

My doctor will no longer prescribe coproxamol for me, despite having taken it for 35 years, because NICE has decided that it can be used to commit suicide.  Due to medical conditions I cannot take any other painkillers so I just have to "grin and bear it"  I can go to any supermarket and buy paracetamol or aspirin which certainly would kill me, but because my GP is not prepared to take responsibility for writing a prescription saying that "NICE has said no"  I, and countless others, have to suffer.  I have absolutely no intention of taking my life, so please repeal this ruling and allow me to enjoy my life again.

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

Make ephedrine more accessible

Ephedrine is a caffeine-like stimulant with antidepressant properties that has potential health risks when taken in excessive doses, but on its own is relatively harmless and used to be present in many cough medicines.  A facet of our nanny state is that no one is considered responsible enough to regulate the intake of such substances.

At present, ephedrine is not a controlled substance but is prescription only as colds and flu medicine, to be sold in quantities no more than 180mg.  To my knowledge, only one product meets this strict requirement.  In effect, ephedrine has been made unavailable.

Whereas caffeine tablets are available for purchase in pharmacies as a "pep me up" medicine without prescription, ephedrine is not.  The reported health risks stem from combining ephedrine and caffeine for the combined effect of an overdose, which can result in heart palpitations and deliria.

Herbal sources long used for increased alertness and as an antidepressant, that ephedrine has been made virtually inaccessible is unfortunate.  Caffeine can be bought over the counter in 50mg tablets, and the same should be true for ephedrine, with suitable warnings about overdosing.  The health concerns are only relevant for excessive doses as typically taken by bodybuilders for extreme but health-deleterious boosts of energy.

I want this supplement to be made available without prescription in small doses, perhaps as 50mg tables, for increased alertness (for studying, etc).  It is time for the nanny state to take a step back.  We can be trusted with tablets containing a responsible dose of this substance.

Thank you.

Why is this idea important?

Ephedrine is a caffeine-like stimulant with antidepressant properties that has potential health risks when taken in excessive doses, but on its own is relatively harmless and used to be present in many cough medicines.  A facet of our nanny state is that no one is considered responsible enough to regulate the intake of such substances.

At present, ephedrine is not a controlled substance but is prescription only as colds and flu medicine, to be sold in quantities no more than 180mg.  To my knowledge, only one product meets this strict requirement.  In effect, ephedrine has been made unavailable.

Whereas caffeine tablets are available for purchase in pharmacies as a "pep me up" medicine without prescription, ephedrine is not.  The reported health risks stem from combining ephedrine and caffeine for the combined effect of an overdose, which can result in heart palpitations and deliria.

Herbal sources long used for increased alertness and as an antidepressant, that ephedrine has been made virtually inaccessible is unfortunate.  Caffeine can be bought over the counter in 50mg tablets, and the same should be true for ephedrine, with suitable warnings about overdosing.  The health concerns are only relevant for excessive doses as typically taken by bodybuilders for extreme but health-deleterious boosts of energy.

I want this supplement to be made available without prescription in small doses, perhaps as 50mg tables, for increased alertness (for studying, etc).  It is time for the nanny state to take a step back.  We can be trusted with tablets containing a responsible dose of this substance.

Thank you.