Question: Are you concerned about the increase in cost of prescriptions in Scotland?

Your feedback: Yes 74% (29 respondents) No 26% (10 respondents)

Your comments: 

“Yes I am concerned about the rising cost of drugs. It is also time that Governments used unused drugs, which have been returned to chemists. Of course, loose drugs and out of date drugs, would be destroyed, but unopened boxes of drugs full,u opened blister sheets of drugs could surely be given to third world countries? To just destroy them is pure waste.”

“I am concerned that free prescriptions get abused. This could prevent people from receiving crucial life saving medication. I would like to see a small charge of £1 per prescription which may prevent abuse of drugs such as paracetamol or asprin”

“Many pharmaceutical companies holding licenses for certain drugs should be taken to task by the Monopolies Commission to allow other companies to produce drugs at a more realistic, competitive and cheaper price. “

“As a disabled person, I have a very limited amount of money to spend. I am ever so grateful to live in Scotland where the government treats its poorest with some dignity and respect – and does not penalise ill people with huge pharmacy bills. This should continue to be the case.”

“There has to be a better and more cost effective way of supplying basic drugs. Also, monitoring if people need them.”

“Free prescriptions are not valued by the vast majority of the population. Too much wastage, especially in relation to care homes and repeat prescriptions.”

“With regards to the paracetamol on prescription debate. I would like to point out that you are restricted on how many paracetamol you can buy over the counter! Hence the reason so many who require to take paracetamol regularly get them on prescription!”