Pharmacists issue warning

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PATIENTS with serious health conditions are putting themselves at risk by failing to take medication properly, Sheffield pharmacists have warned.

Data released by the Sheffield Local Pharmaceutical Committee found just 18.2 per cent of people who were given new prescriptions last October were taking them correctly a few weeks later.

For some patients this was because they had side-effects, were not sure that their medicine was working, or could not remember to take it.

But after patients received advice from their pharmacist - part of the NHS New Medicine Service - the proportion fell to just over 10 per cent.

David Russell, chairman of Sheffield Local Pharmaceutical Committee, said: “We know patients are finding it helpful.”