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Campbells Chemist . Forestside

in N. Ireland
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I went to this chemist on Sunday afternoon looking for pain relief for son's earache.
They wouldn't give me nurofen on a chemist script, said they didn't do this even tho about 3 mths ago a chemist on cregagh rd wrote a script & gave me nurofen free for my 9 yr old son.
What's the difference?
Are there any set regulations?

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  • RobothellRobothell Forumite
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    As far as I am aware only a Doctor or Nurse Prescriber can legally prescribe medications. Like most things you will find some places that were more lenient with the rules (there was a GP brought before the GMC for allowing his receptionist to fill in prescriptions for him in NI a few years back). Personally I think the Pharmacy were well within their rights - perhaps the other pharmacy have some sort of unofficial arrangement with their local GPs or were more trusting.

    At the end of the day, you can buy ibuprofen over the counter for under a pound, in fact MSE has a thread about it here: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/health/cheap-prescriptions
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  • ArtofdookieArtofdookie Forumite
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    A chemist can prescribe meds and have been able to for a few years

    http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/patients_access.pdf
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  • BigAl94BigAl94 Forumite
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    Campbells is owned by Medicare http://www.medicare-group.com/template.aspx?pid=209&area=1&aName= - says they may be able to help with emergency prescriptions but not available on NHS
  • RobothellRobothell Forumite
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    A chemist can prescribe meds and have been able to for a few years

    http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/patients_access.pdf

    Thanks for that link, I didn't realise that. I note in the document, however, that the Pharmacist has to go through an additional qualification to become a Pharmacist Independent Practicioner, must be qualified for a minimum of 2 years prior to doing the course and must have a Designated Medical Practitioner (currently this is a Doctor, but in time can be experienced Nurse or Pharmacist Prescribers) to oversee their training.

    Perhaps this particular pharmacy didn't have a PIP available that day?
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  • RobothellRobothell Forumite
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    Although BigAl's post is most likely the right answer!
    Life in this world is, as it were, a sojourn in a cave. What can we know of reality? For all we can see of the true nature of existence is, shall we say, no more than bewildering and amusing shadows cast upon the inner wall of the cave by the unseen blinding light of absolute truth, from which we may or may not deduce some glimmer of veracity, and we as troglodyte seekers of wisdom can only lift our voices to the unseen and say humbly "Go on, do deformed rabbit again.....it's my favourite". © Terry Pratchett in "Small Gods"

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  • beccambeccam Forumite
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    With the minor ailments scheme most chemists will give paracetamol/ibuprofen however my chemist told me that if I go to a different one or she isn't in one day then don't ask for a specific drug but explain the symptoms and let chemist make the decision as they can get a bit protective over the prescribing 'on demand'.
    Also I would guess that since it was a Sunday there probably wasn't a qualified person in store cos that would cost too much!! :)
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