A survey by Lloydspharmacy has found that millions of
patients are confused by the drugs prescribed to them and fail to take them on time.
"Our pharmacists have reported many instances when
patients have been confused by their medicines," said Andy Murdock, director of
the Lloydspharmacy. "One patient set out a range of medicines and described the
frequency and dosage for each. It turned out that for several months she had
been taking a sleeping pill first thing in the morning."
These findings come
on the heels of new data from the NHS Information Centre which shows that
prescriptions have risen by nearly 60 per cent in a decade.