Monthly Archives: April 2012

Mr Dispenser’s Follow Friday Pharmacy Awards

Best young looking grandma hospital pharmacist: @mumgonecrazy

Best hospital pharmacy baking technician: @Clareylang

Best dressed pharmacist: @sarayummymummy

Best travelling pharmacist: @frandavi99

Best anonymous pharmacist: @pillmanuk

Best fruit sounding pharmacist: @AdamPlum

Best primary care pharmacist: @s9njay

Best ACT: @impure3

Best pharmacy magazine editor: @garyparagpuri

Best pharmacy magazine: ChemistDruggist

Best film directing pharmacist: @i_Q_Balls

Best non-pharmacist manager: @23Becka

Best Independent pharmacist: @patelsuk

Best A Level studying future pharmacist: @_junel_

Best Academic pharmacist: @HelenRoot

Best running pharmacist: @kevfrost

Best former Bradford uni student:@l1ttlepetal

Best pre-reg: @aisha_adnan

Best blogging dispenser: @xsophiaalicex

Best Uni school of pharmacy president: @amyotway

Best oversees pharmacist who works here: @Anj17

Best MUR queen: @zams123

Best Reading pharmacy student: @Sareenuh

Best Manchester pharmacy student: @miss_njun

Best Keee pharmacy student: @lil_rea_rea

Best pharmacy student who used to be a rep: @jainybums

Best newly qualified hospital pharmacist:@laura_jane88

Best singing pharmacist: @cathrynjbrown

Best pharmacy blogger: @redheadedpharm


Patent expiry

Mr Dispenser’s Blog™ brand of statin is about to lose its patent in a couple of weeks. This is a blockbuster drug for us. As a result, our R + D department are proud to launch some exciting new products:

Blog Fastmelts™

Blog XL™

Blog mesilate™

Blog Sachets™

Blog Suppository™

Blog Pessary™

Blog injecton™

Blog Inhaler™

Thanks to @andychristo and @RSDave for their ideas

Please let us know if there is another formulation that we can exploit!

Welcome to the new website.

The aim is to help patients choose which pharmacy to use based on key categories and choices.

All pharmacies in England, Scotland and Wales that agreed to join are on the website.

Please choose one of the options for each category.

a] Waiting times should be:

1] 20 mins

2] 10 mins

3] 5 mins

4] 1 min [The pharmacy cannot guarantee the correct medicine though]

b] Pharmacist appearance:

1] labcoat

2] Suit

3] Jeans

4] Not bothered

c] Deliveries:

1] same day

2] next day

3] only during ad breaks of Jeremy Kyle

4] Pharmacy does not deliver

d] Staff conversation:

1] miserable staff who dont speak

2] Polite chit chat

3] Interrogation from staff about your private life

4] Gossip about other patients

e] Prescription ordering method:

1] phone

2] in person

3] email

4] twitter

5] facebook

f] Medication use review:

1] happy to discuss medication with pharmacist

2] Do not want to bothered. I know what I’m doing.

g] New Medicines Service:

1] Happy to be contacted

2] Stop bleeding ringing me!

h] I would like the consultation room to be used for:

1] discussing my medication

2] Showing the boil on my ass to the pharmacist

i] The time that the pharmacist is allowed for lunch is:

1] No lunch

2] Eat while standing up

3] 20 mins

4] 30 mins

j] I want my tablets to come in:

1] capsules when the prescription states tablets

2] the colour of my choice

3] The manufacturer of my choice

4] chocolate flavour

k] Patient satisfaction survey:

1] I am happy to fill it in

2] I will tick random boxes

3] Cant be bothered. The Pharmacy is crap. Would rather be in the pub

l] Patient returns:

1] I will return all unused medication

2] My next of kin will return all unused medication

m] Do you require a 24 hour Daily Mail article advice hotline?

1] Yes

2] No

Your list of pharmacies will be emailed to you.

Thanks for using!

Supplements- Do we need them? (Guest post by Dietician Priya Tew @dietitianuk)


Priya Tew is an experienced and Registered Dietitian and nutrition professional with a degree in Nutritional Sciences and a Masters in Dietetics. She is registered with the Health Professions Council and the British Dietetic Association.

I’ve been working with a client, who literally must rattle if she walked, which is doesn’t do often. She is largely bed-bound and is trying to use supplements as a way to get her better and boost her energy levels. Now I’m not against supplements on the whole but I do think that we need to be careful with them and use them sparingly.

The nutrition world is growing at such a fast pace and there seems to be a new supplement coming onto the market every week with one for every occasion! A lot of money is spent by people trying to be healthy. But are they really needed?

Taking a multivitamin/mineral on a daily basis seems to be the most common supplement. Whilst this is not harmful and can be very helpful to people who are struggling to eat a balanced diet, it also shouldn’t be necessary for most people. A healthy person should be able to get everything they need from food. The benefits of eating a well balanced diet instead of using supplements are huge. If we think about fruit and vegetables alone there is research linking eating these colourful foods to a reduction in blood pressure, cancer risk, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Your multivitamin isn’t going to do all that. Plus let’s face it food just tastes a lot better than a pill.

For some people supplements are a definite yes. Before and in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy 400mcg folic acid is proven to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects. People at risk of osteoporosis should take calcium and vitamin D. Some vegetarians may need a B12 boost. Anyone with a deficiency may need a supplement to help out for a while and there are numerous people who can’t get everything they need from food for various reasons so need a supplement. In my eating disorder job I often recommend clients take a supplement whilst they rebuild their eating.

But if we can get all our nutrients from our diet it is so much better for us. Think natural rather than manmade. There are also issues with overdosing on some nutrients. Some of these nutrients will just be lost from the body when it is saturated with them, others can cause tummy upsets and health problems. So be cautious with mega doses! The research is still being done on lots of these things.

Until the research comes in, if you can, try to get as much goodness as possible from your food:

  • Over 5 portions of fruit and veggies a day (preferably over 7).
  • Wholegrains including wheat, rye, barley and oats, the less processed the better.
  • Starchy carbohydrate foods at each meal.
  • Dairy foods 2-3 times a day.
  • Low fat, low sugar options of foods.
  • Lean proteins – meat, fish, pulses, beans.

If pharmacy was a game show on twitter

Have I got news for you: @pillmanuk hosts and team captains @sarayummymummy and @AdamPlum make fun of the weeks pharmacy news.

Mastermind:@GaryParagpuri does not stop until he has finished. This replaces CPD entries.

Catchphrase: An illegible prescription is presented by @zams123 and pharmacists are asked to say what they see.

@FranDavi99’s Generation game: A 10 item prescription is flashed on screen for 10 seconds and they you have to dispense it correctly.

Blankety Blank: A cruicial detail is missed off a prescription and @NeelmSaini asks pharmacists to guess

Telly Addicts: Staff discuss last nights TV with @mumgonecrazy

Million pound drop: @Anj17 asks the questions. Patients start off with 100 tablets and gamble them by answering questions on their medication. This replaces MURs.

So you think you can dispense: @Clareylang hosts. If you make a near miss, you are fired. Last one standing gets to keep their job.

Masterchef: @SuperTechUk hosts as technicians extemporaneously dispense items with points for colour, taste, texture and efficacy.

University Challenge: @HelenRoot hosts with pharmacists from different universities competing.

Weakest Link: Instead of the pre-reg exam, students are put under pressure to answer questions by @MrDispenser.

Family Fortunes: Two families both on benefits compete. ‘We asked 100 people to name what they tick on the back of their prescription….’ @L1ttlepetal asks the questions

Would I lie to you: @miss_njun asks patients to give medication histories and addicts to tell us why they missed yesterdays collection.

Gladiators: The age old battle of Pharmacists Vs GPs but with lycra. Hoseted by @PatelSuk

How do you remember to take your medication? (guest post by a hospital technician)

Taking medication can be an every day, life-long thing for some people and not only that, but some people can be on a lot of medication. The most I’ve seen is about 30 items on one prescription. So it made me wonder how some people remember to take all this medication on a daily basis.

Although I’ve been a pharmacy technician for nearly 10 years, I’m not sure I would remember. There are things that can be put in place by the GP or pharmacy to help patients remember, e.g. Dosettes/venalinks can be made up for the patient, or a reminder chart can be printed out with a list of their medications and times they are to be taken. Although there are a few different ways to help patients remember most people seem to have their own way of remembering to take their medication.

After working in a hospital pharmacy over the years I’ve seen lots of different things people do to help them remember to take medication and some seem perfectly logical and some not but each to their own.

A few different things I’ve seen, I once saw patient who had a little bag with one strip of each of her different medications in and she had also cut all the dispensing labels with the directions on off all the boxes and so she had these little cards together with each strip in her little bag.

Some patients feel the need to pop all their tablets from the blister strips in to bottles which can be annoying for us in pharmacy as we can’t use them since they are not in the original container.

Other patients feel the need to cut the ends off all of their boxes and so the strips keep falling out, which can be annoying when you doing a discharge as they all have to be re-boxed and relabelled just for the patient to go home and cut all the ends off again.

Other patients make up their own dosettes (which you can buy from the chemist/supermarket) or have their own printed list of what they are to take. One patient I saw had collected seven bottles and placed one of each of their tablets in each bottle. Creating a dosette type thing but in separate bottles labelled Monday –Sunday.

It’s also quite common for some patients not to know a single thing about their own medication because a relative sorts it all out for them.

Another is some patients keep all their medications together in a plastic tub with a printed list and then take them accordingly.

Another example, I don’t think he will mind me saying, but my grandad keeps all his medications on top of the microwave so he remembers to take them each morning at breakfast time. I have repeatedly told him not to keep them there because of the heat but will he listen.

Whichever method people use to help them remember I suppose it’s not important how they remember, it’s just important that they do.