Pre­scrip­tions must be signed for

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

I READ with in­ter­est re­cently about a lady in Coven­try who had a pre­scrip­tion de­liv­ery posted through her let­ter box in er­ror by Lloyds Phar­macy. Her lit­tle boy of three opened the pre­scrip­tion, and for­tu­nately be­fore any harm could have been done, she spot­ted him play­ing with BuTrans patches fairly quickly. Ap­par­ently they con­tain a drug much like mor­phine.

In a sim­i­lar in­stance, my el­derly neigh­bour had a pre­scrip­tion put through his let­ter box, the cor­rect ad­dress I might add. But he can­not see very well, and did not know they were there, un­til I found them. Eye drops and lax­a­tives. It doesn’t bear think­ing about if a young child had found them, through his con­stant stream of vis­i­tors.

While I highly com­mend this rel­a­tively new ser­vice, it must be made a code of prac­tice that these de­liv­er­ies are signed for, even if the re­cip­i­ent is un­able to do this, a neigh­bour or friend must be asked to do this. Granted it is a lit­tle more time con­sum­ing, but so is in­ter­ring a child. SUE QUINCE Abbott Way


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