My daughter and I both self inject with hydroxocobalamin every 10-12 weeks. She has been doing it for 15 years, 5 years after diagnosis. I had a Nissen Fundoplication 7 years ago and started injections when blood work showed my deficiency just over 2 years ago, I began self injection after just the first routine one.
Our GP surgery has just started issuing repeat prescriptions of single ampoules rather than a pack of 5. This has several implications with one being the problem of shattering the ampoule - which isn't difficult to do - then having to get another prescription issued and filled when experiencing the symptoms at the end of the period, another being the expense for those paying for their medications as instead of just £8.60/pack it will be £43 paying for 1 every 3 months. (Not nice when the actual cost of these ampoules is £0.50).
Is this ridiculous practice just something our local medical idiots are doing or is it something those nice people as NHICE have dreamed up?
Isn't it about time this vital drug, which is about the safest drug on the market, is also made available off prescription here in the UK as it is in France, Germany and Spain to name just a few local countries, so that we can use it as and when we feel it to be necessary?