We use Generic Medicines
Generic medicines are simply another version of branded medicines. They are medicines which contain the same medicinal ingredient, for example Paracetamol is the generic name of the brand medicine Panadol.
Generic medicines are equally as good and safe as the brand medicines. The Government ensures that the generic medicines are made to the same standard so that they are as safe and effective and of the same high quality.
As the generic medicine contains the same medicinal ingredients they treat your condition just the same as the branded medicines. Sometimes there may be a difference in colour, shape or size, but this is only the outward appearance and does not affect the medicine or how it works.
The doctor will always make the best choice of treatment for you.
Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children.
Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose.
Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date.
Don't take medicines that were prescribed to someone else.
Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy.
EpiPen (adrenaline) Auto-Injectors Expiry Alert
Research has shown that 32% of EpiPen patients fail to replace their adrenaline auto-injectors (AAI) before the expiry date. This means that almost 1 in 3 patients are carrying an out of date auto-injector.
We would recommend that all patients who have an EpiPen should register for the Expiry Alert service. You will then receive a message four weeks before the expiry date, either by email or by mobile phone to remind you to request a new prescription.
This website also contains useful information for patients and frequently asked questions about EpiPens.
Click here to register for the Expiry Alert service.
(Information added 22/9/2010)
Prescribing of Gluten-Free Foods
There have been some changes to the prescribing guidelines for Gluten free foods. The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) has written to all GP practices to endorse the use of “Gluten-Free foods: a revised prescribing guideline 2011”.
There are two areas of the guidelines that might affect patients.
The range of gluten free products available on prescription.
The quantity of gluten free products available on prescription, counted in “units”
In order to ensure that the practice is prescribing in accordance with these guidelines we have recently carried out a review of our prescribing. This will result in a change to future prescriptions for gluten-free foods:
The practice will continue to prescribe gluten-free staple foods including:
Prescribable food item
No. of units
100 – 250g Rolls / Baguettes
250 – 400g Rolls / Baguetts
500g Bread mix / Flour mix
100g Savoury Biscuits /Crackers
200g Savoury Biscuits / Crackers / Crispbreads
2 x 110 – 180g Pizza bases
There are eight Pharamcies in Lurgan and they take it in turns to offer a late prescription service - between 6pm and 7pm.
Click Here for a copy of the chemist rota for 2018.
The service is available 6pm to 7pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
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