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  1. #1
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    Default Prescription Drugs availability

    In a thread about tool kits it came up that a forumite has had his issue of drugs cut from three months to two.
    He sails in Greek waters, so has to buy extra ones over the counter. I sail in near UK waters (France Belgium etc) & usually go for 10 weeks, then return home get the boat scrubbed ( coppercoat) stock up with another 3 months supply & then go off again.

    Being winter I would suspect that few forumites have had the problem yet, but have any been told that the issue period will be cut from 3 to 2 months? If so, will this cause problems & how will they manage that?
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

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    Default Re: Prescription Drugs availability

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post
    In a thread about tool kits it came up that a forumite has had his issue of drugs cut from three months to two.
    He sails in Greek waters, so has to buy extra ones over the counter. I sail in near UK waters (France Belgium etc) & usually go for 10 weeks, then return home get the boat scrubbed ( coppercoat) stock up with another 3 months supply & then go off again.

    Being winter I would suspect that few forumites have had the problem yet, but have any been told that the issue period will be cut from 3 to 2 months? If so, will this cause problems & how will they manage that?
    Last ordered my prescription, 3 months worth, back at the end of October. There was no change then but it could have changed in the meantime of course

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    Default Re: Prescription Drugs availability

    I wonder if the same rule applies if you pay for a private prescription?
    Semper aliud

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    Default Re: Prescription Drugs availability

    There was always the option to extend for a holiday. Is that being done away with as well?
    Steve
    Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

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    Default Re: Prescription Drugs availability

    This is being done by the Clinical Comissioning Group.... the unaccountable arm of the NHS who decide how money is spent.

    Apparently it is to reduce drug wastage by people who get everything but don’t use all the drugs. All it does is cause a lot of trouble for people and treble the amount of paperwork for doctors pharmacies and the bookkeepers. So all in all. typical solution to a non probelem creating work for administrators and degrading the quality of service.
    Life is too short to drink bad wine.

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    Default Re: Prescription Drugs availability

    Nowadays I simply repeat my prescriptions online, the script is sent to my chosen pah Armani where I (or my representative) can pick it up in a day or two. I can’t imagine that its impossible to make a repeat request online and have a son/daughter/friend pick it up and post it.
    Best check on the legality of that though!
    Be nice.

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    Default Re: Prescription Drugs availability

    My practice is still issuing 3 months at a time. They wonít do any more than that as, in theory, if youíre out of the UK for more than 3 months you loose your NHS entitlement. However, Iíve had visitors pick up prescriptions for me an bring them out to Greece when weíve been away over 3 months (repeat request submitted on line). Nothing to stop you getting a package posted out to you.
    That said, Iíve found that Greek pharmacies will sell most of my meds over the counter: I take the empty packet of whatever I need in and they simply sell me the new stuff. Only thing it doesnít work for is some painkillers which are available in Greece but need a local doctors prescription.

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    Default Re: Prescription Drugs availability

    For different travel reasons, I have had my prescriptions cut from 2 to 1 month, Scottish Health Board. I queried this and was told they just donít want to issue so many drugs in one go. For me it was more a buffer and convenience, but now find I am always having to reorder between trips.

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    Default Re: Prescription Drugs availability

    Sounds like very good stock control to me. When both my parents died we returned at least two black bags per parent of unused drugs to the pharmacist, in my late fathers case one bag was controlled drugs.
    Cynical Scottish very nearly retired engineer who sails a Gib'Sea 96.

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    Default Re: Prescription Drugs availability

    They have changed system in Bristol area to two monthly but now no automatic repeat for some people, or automatic requests from some pharmacies such as Boots. One has to login on line specifying every item

    An absolute nightmare for my injured/disabled son who has needed to spend extended time away and takes two opiates, one muscle relaxant, one anti-inflamitory plus 3 drugs to mitigate side effects ( the latter as less vital short term). I can collect for him even though some of its controlled substances, but on one occasion I had to courier them abroad making sure prescription was on inside plus covering letter for customs while making sure exterior gave no indication of contents.
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