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Concerns over pharmacy websites not registered with the Care Quality Commission

Online doctors Uncovered - BBC Panorama

On Monday 6 August 2018 BBC Panorama aired an investigation into Online Doctors Uncovered which cited safety concerns over websites selling prescription drugs.

Professor Steve Field, chief inspector of general practice for the Care Quality Commission (CQC), has said:

You should look for the CQC logo because some of these websites, if they are not regulated by the CQC, can be very, very dangerous.

We know that these websites can present convenient ways for people to access advice, treatment and medication.

However some services may be putting patients at risk. We are particularly concerned that risks to patients may not always be appropriately assessed or managed when they buy medicines online.

As with conventional GP surgeries, these online companies and pharmacies are required to provide safe, high-quality and compassionate care and must adhere to exactly the same standards. They must not cut corners.

We will continue to work closely with the other regulatory bodies to share intelligence where we have concerns and take action where necessary. Providers and clinicians must be clear on their responsibilities to protect people who use their services.

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Viagra Connect prices

Viagra ConnectMen can now buy Viagra Connect (a brand name for sildenafil 50mg tablets) from pharmacies without a prescription following a short medical assessment with a pharmacist.

What is the price?

Viagra Connect is priced around £5 per tablet, and is available in packs of 4 and 8 only.

Compare prices of 50mg sildenafil on prescription from Dr Fox below:

QtyViagra ConnectDr Fox
Pack of 4£19.99£10.20
Pack of 8£34.99£19.20

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Asthma check-ups and asthma action plans

asthma action plan leafletAsthma sufferers must attend an asthma check-up with their GP or asthma nurse at least once every 12 months.

If you suffer from asthma and have NOT had an asthma check-up in the last year please book an appointment with your GP surgery as soon as possible.

Asthma check-ups are important and will usually include breathing tests, inhaler technique, symptoms, triggers, use of spacer devices, and a medicines review.

Check-ups will often also include completing an asthma action plan with your GP or nurse. Patients that use a written action plan are four times less likely to be admitted to hospital. Read in full

Need to buy Viagra in London?

Viagra 100mgMen who live or are visiting London and wish to obtain Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction have several options.

  • Book an appointment with your regular doctor: the generic version of Viagra only is available on the NHS (1 tablet per week).
  • Book an appointment to have a consultation with a trained pharmacist.
  • Buy online from a regulated online clinic such as Dr Fox, with delivery direct to your door (or hotel).
  • Pay for a prescription online using the Fast Doctor service, and collect and pay for the medicine at your chosen local pharmacy.

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Is generic Cialis set to become the new Viagra?

Photo of generic Viagra and generic Cialis packs

Viagra became a powerhouse of a brand by promising to power up the sex life of couples across the globe. Viagra has become synonymous with helping men to get and keep an erection and has become a hot topic of conversation, there are even jokes about it:

What’s the difference between the first honeymoon and the second?
First honeymoon, Niagara. Second honeymoon, Viagra!

Let’s not for one moment, think of erectile dysfunction as a laughing matter. But, like all well-known brands, Viagra does draw attention. Read in full

Customer satisfaction survey 2017

2017 customer satisfaction survey

The annual Dr Fox independent customer satisfaction survey for 2017 is now complete, the results of which continue to confirm our commitment to providing the best service possible is recognised by our customers.

97% of people were either ‘extremely happy’ (80.5%) or ‘very happy’ (16.2%) with the Dr Fox service (up from 93% on 2016), and 95.7% indicated they were ‘very likely’ or ‘extremely likely’ to use the service again.

The full survey results are available to view here.

We would again like to thank all our customers that took the time to respond to our survey this year.

Stop smoking: useful advice to help kick the habit

man smoking cigaretteGiving up smoking is hard work, yet there is plenty of good reason to do so. As of 2015, 17.2% of the adult population in the UK were smokers, despite there being in 2013 over 78,000 deaths caused by smoking among adults over 35 years of age in England alone. Fortunately, there is much information and support available to smokers who want to quit.

Before you give up smoking….

  • Make a list of all the reasons you want to quit. Of course, health and money are both huge factors, but try to make these reasons specific, such as, “I want to enjoy playing sport with my friends”, or, “I want to use the money I save from not smoking to go away for a long weekend”. It may be helpful to write your list on an index card so you can keep it with you for inspiration.
  • Identify your triggers. Most smokers have more than one thing that prompts them to smoke, such as needing a cigarette after a meal or while having a drink, or smoking when stressed. Knowing what drives your psychological desire to smoke can help you to find different, healthier alternatives when those situations occur.
  • Set “start quit” and “end quit” dates. Your start quit date is the day you start cutting back and implementing replacement behaviours. Your end quit date is the last day you smoke at all. Be realistic with your time frame; a week or two generally isn’t enough time for most people to quit. Allow up to 12 weeks to fully beat the habit, but then be very clear about sticking to those dates and the steady progression between them.
  • Get active. Even just a little exercise can be very effective at reducing your cravings. So rather than suddenly start exercising once you’ve quit, prepare your body by getting into a simple, daily stretching routine at home. Regularly walk around the block, or if you feel like it, something more strenuous, such as a jog or organised sport – just keep all these routines manageable and not so demanding that you’ll struggle to keep them up.

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