‘PRN’ medicines like Tramadol should never be on repeat

 

In response to the following article:

 

“Tramadol overdose death raises questions over repeat prescriptions.”

 

Dear PIP Editor,

 

Patients are being put at risk due to how repeat prescription services are being managed. I agree with the experienced specialist mental health nurse in this case when she said excessive accumulations of prescription medication is a common occurrence and I have seen this in practice.

 

I do not think that community pharmacies should have the ability to order prescriptions on behalf of people. I have seen that system abused many times.

 

To ensure this type of case never happens again I would like to see regular medicines reviews in practice and also in the person’s home. Working across health and social care to highlight vulnerable people who would benefit from in-home consultations and support to manage their medicines.

 

I think ‘when required’ medicines should not be allowed on repeat.

 

Yours etc.

 

Emma Davies

 

 

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