August 5, 2008

Asthmatic Sprays His Cat

ALMOST one in five people get confused when taking their prescription medicines correctly, a survey has found.

Common problems uncovered by Lloyds Pharmacy include misreading medicine labels and not understanding the instructions, leading to patients taking either the wrong dose or at the wrong time of day.

Almost 1.8 million people say they have suffered an adverse reaction as a result of taking medicines wrongly.

Researchers found that more than 2.7 million people admitted to confusing dosage and frequency instructions for two medicines they were taking concurrently.

While two million said they had continued with a repeat prescription even though they had forgotten why it was prescribed.

Andy Murdock, Lloyds' pharmacy director, said they had come across some comical cases of medicinal mishaps.

One patient had been taking a sleeping pill first thing in the morning and couldn't understand why she had been falling asleep during the day.

Another reported difficulty using his asthma inhaler and when his pharmacist asked him to demonstrate it turned out he wasn't removing the cap.

But the most incredible blunder was a patient who believed his cat was the cause of his asthma.

When questioned by the pharmacist he was found to have been spraying his cat with the inhaler thinking it would cure his symptoms.

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