Holiday prescribing and ‘just-in-case’ antibiotics: GP locum advice

24th September 2015 by Rachel Birch

Holiday prescribing and ‘just-in-case’ antibiotics: GP locum advice

Dr L was the duty doctor on call. She received a message from reception. Mrs A had been in and had asked for a repeat prescription for her warfarin tablets. She was only issued with a prescription for warfarin last week and the computer would not allow the receptionist to issue a further prescription. Also her INR test was three weeks overdue.

Mrs A told the receptionist that she was going to stay with her sister in France for ten weeks and needed extra warfarin tablets. She also asked for antibiotics in case she got diarrhoea whilst away. She wanted to come back at 4pm to collect the prescriptions, as she was flying off the following day.

Dr L was concerned about this request and telephoned Medical Protection for advice.

Medicolegal adviser Dr Rachel Birch shares her advice…

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