Yes, but all the while CCGs are cutting Minor Ailment Services 'to save money'! When oh when, are the Government going to realise that Minor Ailment Services don't cost money, they save money?
Comment on: Reclassifying erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil as a pharmacy medicine would not be such a huge leap
If we had to follow the same questionnaire as is used by such as Asda (I don't work for the Boots Company), it should be safe. There are checks and reservations involved, and I for one have not had any problems reported back to me.
I agree absolutely with Ruth Shaw. The reason I didn't study medicine was that I knew that I wouldn't be cajoled or forced into doing what I considered, and still do consider, to be immoral, unethical and what should be illegal activities. My conscience would not allow me to kill babies or elderly or ill adults, and no ill-considered decision of the GPhC, in opposition to what the majority of its correspondents have expressed, will make me do otherwise. Equally I have absolutely NO objection to helping addicts to maintain a decent life, or help people who are unhappy in their original sex, or anything else like that. Why should I bend with the pressure of the anti-moral vocal minority?
1. Pharmacy was originally recognized as a profession when we were given the responsibility to police the sale and use of Arsenic, in order to reduce the rash of husband-poisoning by abused wives. Does this now mean we should sell arsenic to such women?
2. Any pharmacist knows that some OTC addicts will trawl through pharmacies to find one that does not care whether a patient is addicted or not, and will sell them any codeine-containing medication - no questions asked. Should we all join in, as that is what the customer wants?
Comment on: Be careful how you promote the NMS to patients
When I do an NMS, I sit down with the patient at the engagement stage and explain exactly what the medicine does, explain, e.g. why they should avoid Grapefruit and certain other medicines, what side-effects to expect and what to do about them if they occur. Patients are then more than happy to accept a brief intervention at 7 days and a similarly brief follow-up at 21 days.