It is now several weeks since the delivery service has been stopped. Patients who were previously having their prescriptions delivered have now largely started collecting from the pharmacy. Many of these patients are housebound and therefore understandably send patient representatives to pick up their prescriptions.
One MCA remains uncollected for three weeks. The box contains sertraline, lithium and zopiclone. The patient also receives low dose diazepam on a weekly basis outwith the MCA.
This patient is housebound due to agoraphobia. He also suffers from depression and is being treated for schizophrenia. He cannot, therefore, get to the pharmacy and therefore misses picking up the weekly MCA now that the delivery service has been withdrawn. Now that several weeks have elapsed this patient has not received any of his medicines.
Unfortunately he, therefore, suffered withdrawal and had to be admitted to the local psychiatric hospital to be treated and recover.