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    on a prescription its says

    bendroflumethoazide 2.5mg T OM x 28
    ramipril 5mg T bd x 56

    if the patient didnt have enough money could they opt to have 14 of each and then come back next week for the rest ??

    could anyone explain this ... ive looked in the mep loads now

  • #2
    Re: private scripts

    We would do that regularly with private prescriptions for viagra where the patient is prescribed 32 tabs for example, he would buy four at a time (or however many he wanted) and we would give him an owing for the rest...
    I dont think its a problem, you have a prescription, and are collecting payment in instalments and dispensing in instalments!! At the end of the day patients best interest has to be put first, a more important issue with your prescription than the viagra! These are meds the patient shouldnt be without. Thats how we do it anyway, if you find its incorrect please inform me!!!!

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    • #3
      Re: private scripts

      I recall for legislation lectures that instalment dispensing is allowed. I think that you can give the prescription back to the patient so that he can get the rest at another pharmacy if he/she wishes.

      Have also looked through MEP too but can't find anything


      I know back home if it was a regular customer I would open a temporary account so that they did not have to pay two dispensing fees.
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      • #4
        Re: private scripts

        yes you can treat it as an instalment prescription as far as i can see. i have done that before. you need to decide if you are going to charge them the dispensing fee twice. you can also give script back if patient cannot come back as long as you have mad entries in the register and the script, i always copy the script too for my file

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        • #5
          Re: private scripts

          Originally posted by narav View Post
          mad entries in the register and the script, i always copy the script too for my file
          I don't like paperwork either. In my former life I often had to investigate registers where the balance did not manage the stock due to "mad entries"
          Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.
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          • #6
            Re: private scripts

            just for info purposes whats the minimum people charge for a private presciption. we charge £4.85 as the minimum fee per item.
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            • #7
              Re: private scripts

              I had a RPSGB inspector "pull me up on this" a few years ago.

              He said I had to supply the quantity the prescriber intended. I couldn't regularly supply owings in "installments" in future.

              If the patient couldn't afford, wanted installments, smaller quantities etc then the patient was to get a new prescription.

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              • #8
                Re: private scripts

                Originally posted by Web Ferret View Post
                I had a RPSGB inspector "pull me up on this" a few years ago.

                He said I had to supply the quantity the prescriber intended. I couldn't regularly supply owings in "installments" in future.

                If the patient couldn't afford, wanted installments, smaller quantities etc then the patient was to get a new prescription.
                ... but practicing pharmacists have to live and work in the real world.
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                How times change.

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                • #9
                  Re: private scripts

                  If it's a private rx and they want it in "bits", just explain that the computer adds on a fee each time so they would be better getting it in one go ! If they still only want 14, I would give them 14 but keep the rx in a folder somewhere , so some jobsworth in another shop doesn't report you!

                  But I wouldn't write that in an exam!

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                  • #10
                    Re: private scripts

                    Originally posted by bestpharma
                    If its somewhat for private pills the we would do that regularly with private prescriptions for viagra where the patient is prescribed 32 tabs for example like for 8 days, then he would buy four at a time........

                    I dont think its a problem, you have a prescription, and are collecting payment in instalments and dispensing in instalments!! BUt you must know that at the end of the day patients best interest has to be put first, a more important issue with your prescription than the viagra! These are meds the patient shouldnt be without. Thats how we do it anyway, if you find its incorrect please inform me!!!!
                    I got pulled up by an inspector for dispensing in installments!
                    Was advised to dispense as per the prescription or get the prescription changed.

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                    • #11
                      Re: private scripts

                      I see, will we now have to get a new script for an owing?
                      johnep

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                      • #12
                        Re: private scripts

                        Originally posted by Web Ferret View Post
                        I got pulled up by an inspector for dispensing in installments!
                        Was advised to dispense as per the prescription or get the prescription changed.
                        Congratulations..you just met another PSGB (Forget the 'R' bit, as they're all divorced, alcoholics, or both) jobsworth. On a private Rx, as long as it is in date, and the total quantity prescribed has not been exceeded, you may dispense any quantity the customer requests up to the total quantity prescribed, bearing in mind the Rx expiry date..assume still 6 months.. and charge accordingly.... unless repeats have been specified in which case you cannot give more than the repeat supply quantity. Endorse, register, return Rx or retain, as appropriate.
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                        • #13
                          Re: private scripts

                          He was an esteemed inspector with many many years experience.

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                          • #14
                            Re: private scripts

                            A bit like Gordon Brown then?..
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                            • #15
                              Re: private scripts

                              Originally posted by Web Ferret View Post
                              I had a RPSGB inspector "pull me up on this" a few years ago.

                              He said I had to supply the quantity the prescriber intended. I couldn't regularly supply owings in "installments" in future.

                              If the patient couldn't afford, wanted installments, smaller quantities etc then the patient was to get a new prescription.
                              Hmm, sounds like the sort of nonsense which is best quietly ignored. Pharmacy is so ludicrously bureaucratic at times. Asking doctors to issue new prescriptions in such cases is highly likely to cause irritation, and understandably so.

                              Bobbin

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