The system of contraction of medications does not work.
Apparently, the NHS restricts pharmacies to the use of certain contractors. Patients are finding that if, for medical reasons, they have to have a particular brand which is not normally supplied by their contracted supplier(s) chemists are not willing to pay a fee for a special order.
I have found it a nightmare trying to get hold of a particular brand of eye drops. Every year it takes me several hours - even a day - endeavouring to find a pharmacy who uses the appropriate contractor or who is willing to pay for a special order.
The NHS claims to be free at the point of need. So, its time this anomaly was rectified. Pharmacies ought to be able to cash prescriptions for prescribed medicines using any contractor without a special charge being levied.
What happens to all those patients with dementia or who are too elderly and frail to be able to spend hours researching and phoning around to find a pharmacy able and willing to cash their prescription!
Shame on the system.
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