Sometimes patients receive medicines they don't actually use, or use only occassionally. This means that they can lose out on the intended health benefits of their prescription. That can be a major headache in more ways than one.
Not only does it mean that that their symptoms can get much worse if left untreated - the latest Department of Health report suggests this can cost the NHS many, many millions in avoidable extra treatment costs - it also means that these medicines cannot be used again and need to be incinerated.
There are a number of reasons patients do not take their medicines as prescribed including;
- patients not believing the medicine is necessary;
- possible side effects;
- fitting taking or using medicines into daily routines;
- choosing between medicines if patients’ feel they are taking too many, and;
- cutting down or stopping medicines they have been taking for a long time.
Please only order the medication you need & avoid ordering early. If you have any queries over your medication please book an appointment with our practice pharmacist.