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Nearly half the population takes prescription drugs

Half of women and 43% of men in England are now regularly taking prescription drugs- according to the Health Survey for England. The report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) showed an average of 18.7 prescriptions per person in England in 2013 with the annual cost to the NHS was in excess […]

Money woes linked to rise in depression

Economic problems may be fuelling a rise in depression in England, new research suggests. Prescriptions for anti-depressant drugs such as Prozac rose by more than 40% over the past four years, data obtained by the BBC shows. GPs and charities said they were being contacted increasingly by people struggling with debt and job worries. They […]

Prescription charges postcode lottery extended

From today (April 1st) England is now the only UK country where some NHS patients still pay for prescription charges. Scotland has today joined Northern Ireland and Wales in scrapping fees for prescriptions. About half a million people in Scotland are expected to benefit from the change, which has been brought in by the SNP […]

Prescription drugs- millions “lending” pills to friends

Ill people are risking their lives by taking drugs such as heart tablets and painkillers that were prescribed for friends or family.More than a million people a year are using medications intended for someone else without seeking advice from their GP, new research reveals. Professor Steve Field, the leader of Britain’s family doctors, urged those […]