Replace 'paracetemol' with 'buy your own' on prescriptions

Don't continue to prescribe generic drugs which are available for much less in shops.

Why the contribution is important

Why pay a GP prescription charge, a pharmacy dispensing charge and administration costs for cheap medicine that can be bought over the counter.

by Simplesteps on April 07, 2017 at 07:55AM

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  • Posted by pent April 07, 2017 at 13:07

    Totally agree. Any form of generic drug can be purchased and no one is that hard up that they cannot get some paracetemol. As an Asthmatic I have had to buy inhalers my whole adult life as I am dependent on them and get no relief but a mild pain killer can be given for free. Just doesn't make sense
  • Posted by GAC April 08, 2017 at 09:41

    Absolutely agreed. It's appalling that this happens, and I know it does quite often.

    Here is an example of total abuse of the free system.

    Standing in a Pharmacy, a very well dressed person hands over a prescription, Bottle of Calpol for baby.
    Said person then complains that this did not come with Syringe to administer and complained it was available at a cost of 50p.
    Unhappy customer leaves and drives away in nice shiny car.

  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 08, 2017 at 15:47

    I feel that exempt patients categories should be reviewed and more specifically to long term illness.The post about having to pay for inhalers is an example of this.Why is hypothyroidism / diabetes more exempt worthy than Asthma? But also pregnant women and those within 12 months of giving birth are exempt when presumably they have chosen to do so.I know it's not a long term thing but every little helps and don't those who have time limited illness have the same rights,more if anything as I am sure they didn't 'plan' their condition beforehand and,with pregnancy,the baby produced then becomes exempt for the next 16years! I know this sounds anti-baby but I am merely making a point about how lopsided the exemption list is and no children were injured in the making of this email.
  • Posted by thegingercat April 09, 2017 at 09:28

    Things like paracetamol, cough medicine etc are far cheaper bought over the counter. It's a no-brainer.
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 12, 2017 at 02:15

    Yeah thegingercat is right,it is cheaper over the counter,but only if you pay for your prescriptions in the first place.Think the saving would come if stuff refused on prescriptions that are exempt from payment by patient.Also would save G.P. Appointments where folks go to get prescription for painkillers/cough meds knowing they would have to buy it otherwise.
    Pharmacies often inform customers that pay for script items that they could save by buying paracetamol / antihistamines etc rather than paying item charge and they are grateful for this too!The Pharmacy do not get paid as they put 'not dispensed' on the script next to that item if there are other items that are prescription only on it too.
    Really it's down to the Doctors to decide whether to prescribe or not and they need the Government to back them on this measure,so they have something to tell the indignant patient .
  • Posted by Manneen April 12, 2017 at 10:10

    I agree with the above. I would rather suggest that any drug that costs under the prescription charge of the day has to be paid for by the individual regardless of their circumstances. Incidentally you cannot get some things on prescription e.g. arginine, and magnesium that are advised for some heart conditions these can be expensive. Rather than basing IOM prescribing on the UK perhaps they should consult the consultants and agree with them what there current treatment regimes are and match the prescribing list to them to include such things that do make a difference.
    They could also reissue drugs that are sealed and unused rather than dispose of them.
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 16, 2017 at 13:07

    Yas Manneen,but not prescribing in first place is the ideal.Doctors are pressurised by time constraints of 10 minute consult with patient and pressure from patient to give 'something' on script.A bit of plain speaking used to be in order by Docs but now everyone too afraid of being sued! The Government has to take the lead on this so Docs have directives to fall back on and genuine savings can be made.Saving returned medicine a non starter as Pharmacy staff can't be sure of the home conditions it was kept in before return ,also not always returned to issuing Pharmacy and script has already been 'paid for ' by pricing authority so no saving is made in real terms to NHS.Gotta be at point of writing of prescription to be effective.
    Exemptions for certain conditions should ONLY be for meds for that specific condition and not all other random items which at present exemption covers ALL scripts for that person.
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