Your prescriptions - What you should know!
While we were out and about a member of the general public asked us a couple of interesting questions about prescribed medications. Here they are and what the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) told us:
Question 1. Whose responsibility is it to tell or ask a patient about other medications being taken when they are given a new prescription? Is it the pharmacy or the GP?
The CCG said: It is the responsibility of both. GPs, when prescribing medications, will consult the list of other medicines a patient is taking, and consider interactions that are likely between the medicine being prescribed and other ones on the record. GP records are also updated with medicines which are being prescribed from another source, such as the hospital.
Pharmacists should have a discussion with a patient about other medicines they take when issuing a prescription, and they can access a version of the GP record to check what other medicines are prescribed.
Question 2. If you get a prescription from the Dentist, how does your GP know what you have been given?
The CCG said: There is no cross over of electronic systems, so they will be reliant on the patient or carer to tell them that information. In the vast majority of cases these will be short term treatments, and if it was something that was likely to interact with any other medication they would advise the patient to inform their GP or seek advice from the pharmacist.
So what should you do?
You may find it useful to take a copy of your repeat prescription tear off slip with you when you go along to the pharmacy to collect new medications from either your GP, Dentist or hospital. This will enable the Pharmacist to double check and have a discussion with you about any possible issues.
Also, if your Dentist prescribes you any medication make sure that you tell your GP. If you have had any allergic reactions to the medication, let your Dental practice and GP surgery know as soon as possible, so they can highlight this on your records.