View Full Version : Pharmacists blamed for poor advice

03-02-04, 13:31
http://www.ntlworld.com/partners/itn/images/pills_sm.jpg Many pharmacies are giving poor medical advice, according to a consumer report.

Undercover visits were made by researchers from consumer rights magazine Which? to 84 chemists in England, Scotland and Wales - and more than a third got things wrong.

The magazine said that if their symptoms had been real the "patients" could now be taking inappropriate drugs, suffering with serious untreated infections or dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.

The report comes as the Government prepares to expand the role of pharmacists to allow them to issue repeat prescriptions without involving a GP and selling medicines which have only been available on prescription.

The worst advice was given to the researchers who said they were suffering from persistent diarrhoea after visiting Malaysia.

These symptoms may need treatment with antibiotics, and not visiting a doctor could lead to delays in dealing with a serious infection.

But the researchers were only told to visit a GP in seven cases out of 21.

In 14 of the visits the researchers were sold inappropriate treatments and in four cases staff failed to ask about symptoms.
http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif Scary stuff

03-02-04, 13:38
That is not good. It's a horrid thought that 'some' pharmacists can be giving out bad advice like that.
Thanks Jules http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

03-02-04, 15:19
It's sad how some of the doctors are in it just for the money :(

03-02-04, 15:40
Pharmacist is not doctor! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/forums/icons/icon4.gif
If you had problem with your TV you wouldn’t go to grocery store to fix it, right?! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif

03-02-04, 15:44
oh whatever! were all human we make mistakes

[ 03. February 2004, 15:46: Message edited by: clorinda ]

03-02-04, 15:47
Does sound troubling, doesn't it? :(

Violet Smoke
03-02-04, 16:33
I am notorious for getting advice from pharmacists. When ever I go in the drugstore they always look so bored and useless so I just ask them advice on the latest vitamins, I think they like to be important, I mean really..what do they do? If they do not know they just call someone else or look in a book :rolleyes:

03-02-04, 23:19
I dont like going to pharmacists for advice...they are evil! ...Well actually no but who really cares.