After spending a bit of time in the garden over Christmas, I found myself in need of a prescription cream to treat some recurring eczema on my hands. Alas the doctor’s surgery is closed so I went to the pharmacy to see what they could offer as an alternative. Turns out I no longer need a prescription. The pharmacist explained that as a result of the $3 limit on prescription charges, many more pharmaceuticals are now available as pharmacy only medicine, no prescription required.
The change has come about as a way of side-stepping the $3 price limit. But of course for someone like me with an occassional health need, if it means one less visit to the doctor then even if I pay a slightly higher price for the product, I’m still better off. So the lesson in all of this for me has been to check with the pharmacist before going to the GP. Apparently there are quite a few products that no longer require a prescription.