I'm a bit concerned about the state of my meds. I order these electronically. I mean, it is all done through the NHS, through one of their approved pharmacies' web sites.
In theory, I fire off an electronic request to the pharmacy, who then contact my doctor's surgery for an authorisation. All of this is electronic. Lastly, the pharmacy pops my meds in the post, and they arrive through my letterbox a few days later. In terms of timescale, my pharmacy recommend you trigger the request 7-10 days before you want the meds to arrive.
Well, I sent a request last Monday, 21st January, 2 weeks before I'm due to run out. Apparently, this was approved by my doctor's surgery on 25th January, but it has not yet been dispatched to me. Apparently, some of the items are proving difficult to get hold of. I wonder if this has anything to do with Brexit? Although I note that we are still in the EU for another two months, so right now, absolutely nothing has changed from. say, 10 years ago! All rules and regulations are the same. The pharmacy told me that they are waiting on three meds, one of which is branded Bayer, one from Boehringer Ingelheim (which I presume are both German pharmas), but the third is generic, the only address I can see on my existing packet is Eastbourne, well and trulty in the UK and actually not too far from here.
I'm kinda concerned because the upshot is that next month, I will order 3 weeks in advance, to try and make sure the meds arrive on time. And, maybe I need to stockpile a supply of meds, just in case? A friend of mine published details of a campaign by his local doctors and pharmacists, aimed at discouraging people from stockpiling meds, but really, when the supply chain lets you down, what choice do patients have?
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