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Whatever happened to common sense?

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wisechild Report 29 Jan 2013 14:03

Went to the chemist this morning to collect my monthly prescription.I have been taking a low dose aspirin daily for 7 years, but it wasn´t there.
I asked the farmacist & was told that my prescription is for 2 packs of 20 tablets, but the manufacturer has changed the packaging to contain 30 tablets, so I have to go to the doctor & get her to change the prescription fron 2x20 to 1x30.
I asked if I could buy them & was told I could.......for €1.50 for 30.
A lot easier than waiting 2 hours or more just to get the doctor to change a 2 to a 3.


KempinaPartyhat Report 29 Jan 2013 14:19

Ring the doctor and see if he can change it ....saves his time too!!


JoyBoroAngel Report 29 Jan 2013 14:20

i get 100 low dose for 95p if i run out


wisechild Report 29 Jan 2013 14:31

Try explaining that in Spanish over the telephone Kemp.


OneFootInTheGrave Report 29 Jan 2013 14:32

I regularly notice when I pick up my repeat prescription from the chemist that some medications have a strip cut. For example one tablet comes in strips of 25 and my prescription is for 60 tablets, I get 2 strips of 25 and part of a strip for the odd 10.


Porkie_Pie Report 29 Jan 2013 14:55

I still have to pay for my repeat prescription so always buy the Asprin separate 100 tabs for abt £1.25 is better than the £7.65 per item as i have 7 items every month



ChrisofWessex Report 29 Jan 2013 15:10

Roy - why do you not have a prepayment cert? 3 month charges for any amount prescriptions is £29.10 and 1 year is £104. Save you one heck of a lot.


Kucinta Report 29 Jan 2013 15:39

You can apply online Roy,

I get the 1 year one, it saves me so much as I have a lot of repeat prescriptions.


supercrutch Report 29 Jan 2013 17:26

All my 8/9 regular meds are free, I buy my aspirin as I feel it would be a cheek to put that through via a prescription which would cost the NHS 10 times the counter price.



Kucinta Report 29 Jan 2013 20:59

Surely the cost to the NHS would only be the actual cost of the aspirin?

The £7.65 charge is what we have to contribute towards the cost of the medication; a lot of the time it's much less than the cost of the drugs - I know one set of my medications cost the NHS approx £2000 a year, and I only pay a fraction of that in charges. On the other hand, it means I'm kept well enough to keep on working, pay my taxes, and not need to draw benefits from the state.

But the NHS stands the actual cost of the medication, whether it's cheap like aspirin, or otherwise, not the £7.65 charge.


wisechild Report 30 Jan 2013 07:08

here in Spain, prescription charges have recently been introduced. For pensioners, what you pay depends on your income, but there´s a maximum charge of €8 per prescription. Previously they were free for pensioners.
No idea what non pensioners pay.