So, using this, I can work out how much of a burden to taxpayers I am per year;
Lansoprazole OD 30mg – £19.76 per year
Diazepam PRN 2mg – £3.84
Morphine syrup PRN 5mg/10ml – £49.18
Modified release morphine BD 10mg – £49.14
Diclofenac BD 75mg – £36.27
Laxido PRN – £51.87
Glycerin suppositories PRN 4mg – £58.76
Divide each of those by 13 to get my monthly budget. I’m actually quite a bargain, I think. Every month that I take everything on-time and sensibly saves the £700 ambulance ride to the nearest hospital, then the £1,000-ish cost of a typical day in A+E (Can’t remember where those figures came from, sorry, but they were current in 2013). Which, by the way, without apprppriate medication I could be making once a fortnight.
What do you cost?
I’ll happily acknowledge that chronic pain patients stockpile drugs, and that’s for a couple of reasons;
1) We don’t know when policy will be changed from On High and we’ll be left unmedicated long-term. Some out-of-date morphine and all the NSAIDs we can scrape together could be the difference between life and death then.
2) We have so much difficulty getting our prescriptions filled in the first place, due to bureaucracy, that trying to change what’s dispensed from month to month is a risk that could end in having things removed entirely.
3) Plenty of us are old, easily confused or forgetful. The solution to this isn’t to tell us that we’re expensive, it’s to start giving out seven-day pill boxes in pharmacies, or charts where patients could note which pills they need to take at which time.
4) Plenty of us don’t finish courses of medication because the side effects are too severe, or they react unpredictably with another medication. This is just how life goes when you’re constantly trying to refine your chemical intake so that you feel normal.
…You’d have to be completely ignorant of anything to say that the major reason that people have unused medication lying around is “because they don’t know that it’s expeinsive”.