Pharmacy insights

Articles and posts around pharmacy in UK. Some areas covered includes news around drugs, their developments, drug effectiveness, statistical information on drug issuing and legal aspect of the pharmacy.

  • How to get a repeat prescription
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    How to get a repeat prescription?

    How to get a repeat prescription? There is a number of ways of ordering repeat NHS prescriptions. I this post I will summarise different ways of ordering your NHS repeatable prescription. Repeatable prescriptions have normally limit on a number of issues over a certain amount of time, following which patients are normally due to have a medication review with their doctor.

  • How long does prescription last?
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    How long does prescription last?

    Prescriptions (NHS, private & vet) need to be dispensed within an appropriate time frame. All prescriptions: NHS, computer-generated, electronic (EPS), or handwritten must be dated. Prescriptions without a date are not legally valid and most likely will not be dispensed. Generally, the most important factor which affects prescription expiry date is the presence of a controlled drug. So, how long does prescription last? Read on. 

  • Prescription transfer: how to transfer a prescription to another pharmacy?
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    Can I transfer my prescription to any pharmacy?

    Tody’s post summarises prescription transfer between pharmacies. After reading this post you will know how to transfer a prescription from one to another pharmacy. This article brings similar concepts to another post – How to change a nominated pharmacy, which I encourage you to read. Transfer of prescriptions between pharmacies can be done easily thanks to Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which became a default method of prescription transfer between a GP surgery and nominated pharmacy (pharmacy of your choice). EPS allows to send a prescription electronically (with the use of the Internet) between GP surgery and pharmacy. This process is almost instantaneous. There are a couple of situations where a…

  • Pharmacy insights,  polls

    What caused recent drug shortages in UK? (Poll)

    [poll id=’2′] Drug shortages became a ‘hot’ pharmacy topic in the media. Number of articles were published around recent drug shortages in pharmacies as well as in hospitals. This increases workload on pharmacy teams and GP surgeries (GPs report sharp rise in drug shortages driving up workload). Who is to blame? Brexit? Unprecedented drug shortage linked to Brexit, NHS bosses say Government?  Drugs companies asked to maintain a six-week stockpile for six months in the event of ‘no-deal’ Brexit Patients? Drug shortages exacerbated by patients stockpiling ahead of Brexit Read more to see the poll & leave your opinion.

  • Drug reviews,  Pharmacy insights

    Patient’s perspective: pregabalin and gabapentin, new controlled drugs

    From 1st of April 2019 pregabalin and gabapentin will be classified as Schedule 3 Controlled drugs. Why pregabalin and gabapentin became controlled substances? Following Government consultation and recommendations from Advisory Council on Misuse of Drugs the decision was made to reclassify pregabalin and gabapentin. The main reason for reclassification was concern about misuse of both drugs. When taken pregabalin and gabapentin can cause feeling of euphoria and relaxation. They can also be used to enhance the effects of opiates such as codeine. This potential for abuse increases their street value. Market for illegal supply of pregabalin and gabapentin is on rise.

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    Banning fax machines in NHS. Hurray!

    It may come to your surprise, but first experimental fax machine was invented and patented by Alexander Bain in 1842 who used paper sensitive to electricity to transmit information at distance with success. A modern fax machine became commercialised in 1960s when Xeron Corporation introduced ‘modern’ type of fax machine. Ban on purchasing new fax machines by NHS was announced in December 2018 by Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock. Additionally, an order is in place to phase out use of fax machines in NHS by April 2020. The Telegraph reported that more than 8000 fax machines are still used in NHS hospital trusts and NHS is world’s biggest…

  • Private prescriptions cost & legality
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    Private Prescriptions: Cost, Legality & Important FAQ

    What is a private prescription? A private prescription is a term used to describe a medication prescription which is not covered under the National Health System (NHS), although it can be written by an NHS doctor or another qualified prescriber. In this post, I will be looking at some common questions surrounding private prescriptions, including: obtaining private prescriptions legality expiry times private prescriptions cost Private prescriptions: how to get one? There are many ways of getting private prescriptions. Private prescriptions from a GP Your GP can issue a private prescription; however, in primary care settings, GP may not issue private prescription as an alternative to NHS FP10 prescription. In practice, this means that only limited…

  • Saving money with NHS prescription prepayment certificate (PPC)
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    NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate: Save Money!

    NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) offers an excellent way of saving money when patients get regular prescriptions each month. In summary, any patient who gets two or more items each month will benefit from having an NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate. NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate is also known as ‘prepayment card.’ NHS Business Service Authority no longer sends a card out; instead NHS Prepayment Certificate is sent by email and post. A printout of the email can be used as proof of eligibility when collecting medication from the pharmacy. 

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    Can I buy drugs from the pharmacy for my pet?

    Pets like humans can suffer from different conditions. A drug management of certain conditions in pets may be similar to humans. In fact some conditions are treated with drugs used by humans under  the management of a qualified veterinarian. For example Piriton (chlorphenamine) can be used to manage allergies in dogs or other pets. In this post I discuss if drugs available from the pharmacy can be bough for pets.