"Lack of information on taking medication"

About: The Lanarkshire Beatson

(as the patient),

I was given anti nausea tablets whilst on cancer treatment. Unfortunately was sick at least once a day whilst taking the anti nausea tablets. I was taking the tablets before food whilst feeling nauseous. I am quite sure I am not the only person who does not read the accompanying leaflet as occasionally it is sufficient to mke you think twice about taking the tablets. As a result of continuing to be sick decded to read the accompanying leaflet  I discovered that I should have been taking the tablets after food and slowly being sick has decreased. How much more pleasant life could have been if only instructions on box had said take after food. I am surprised at the time it takes for medication to be made up at ward 8 pharmacy as I believe this pharmacy only makes up prescriptions for Oncology patients

Responses

Response from Elaine Burt, Chief Nurse, Regional Services, NHSGGC


Dear Browneye,

I was very sorry to read of your experience with anti nausea tablets.

We are keen to review this and would be grateful if you could contact Margaret Gray Clinical Services Manager on 0141 301 7078 or Margaret.Gray@ggc.scot.nhs.uk and she will discuss with our Senior Pharmacist.

Regards

Elaine Burt

Chief Nurse

Regional Services

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

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Response from Elaine Burt, Chief Nurse, Regional Services, NHSGGC


Dear Browneye,

I was glad to hear that you were able to discuss this feedback to your satisfaction with our Clinical Services Manager Margaret Gray who was able to explain the procedure around labelling of medications.

She explained that the Patient Information Leaflet does have a statement in it that says the tablet is best taken after meals (which is to ensure it is not dislodged) rather than an interaction with food. This is not listed in the formulary as a cautionary label or additional instruction so would not be incorporated onto the label.

I hope the symptoms you have been experiencing have remained less and would advise a review by your Consultant if this is not the case to ensure your medication is effective for you.

Kind Regards

Elaine Burt

Chief Nurse Regional Services

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

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