Tuesday, 17 March 2009

131 Viagra

This is what 131 Viagra 100mg looked like shortly before I destroyed them. These were returned by one patient who did not want them. Even though he did not use them he still ordered them from his doctor every single month! Why did he do this? Well, in the United Kingdon people over the age of sixty, people on limited incomes and people with certain illnesses pay exactly zero towards their medications.
This results in horrendous wasteage. People do not, in general, value things that they get for free. Total cost to the NHS of this one episode? Approximately £800! ( 1122 USD)
I suppose I should be thankful that they were returned and not given way to friends, sold or kept in a cupboard. [and yes, I really did destroy them and did not take them home with me.]

10 comments:

Sean said...

Does selling them down the pub count as destroying them? Hypothetically speaking, obviously.

Jared said...

(slow motion distorted voice) Noooooooooooooooooooo!!

Pharmer Jane said...

WHY would he keep filling it if he wasn't taking it?? Oh wait...it was free...

AustralianPharma said...

I was curious, do you guys have a rule on how frequently a medication can be dispensed for a patient. In Australia it's 20 days (of course the pharmacist can make exceptions if necessary) and if sooner they do not get the medication subsidized?

David, Health Blogger said...

Wow, that is weird. Just boggles the mind, really! =)

pharmacyonline said...

there should be a check on such people regarding their medication!Haaaaa!
What a waste of resources!

MK said...

brrr not nice, why would he keep coming back?

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