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30 May 2018 By

Controversy Corner: “I have too much medication in hand!”

Written by Ron Loftus, General Manager.

“I have too much medication in hand!”

We hear this a lot. Usually followed by “I am still having symptoms”.

Could it be that the two are related?

Patients are sent regular, fresh dispenses of their BHRT at intervals set to coincide with when they should be running short and be due for a new supply. There will, of course, be the odd occasion when a small build up occurs and we at AMC are always flexible about slight delays to the dispensing of fresh supplies even though the treatment program not only covers the dispensing of BHRT but a comprehensive support network provided by Doctors, Clinical staff, Naturopaths and patient care staff. It is important to remember that it is the treatment program that entails a regular fee and that the medication is but a component of that whole program.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that around 50% of patients are non–compliant 1 when it comes to taking regular doses of prescribed medication even when it may be vital to their health. How many people are prescribed anti-biotics to be taken until the supply is exhausted and yet stop when they start to feel better? What a surprise when the infection, symptoms or sickness returns!

It is with a certain satisfaction that we can report that the majority of patients on treatment programs with AMC are compliant when it comes to their BHRT. Certainly, we are nowhere near the 50% level.  If we were, then we would have many women reporting symptoms.

Compliance results in reduction and control of symptoms, generally, a shorter time that a patient needs to continue medication and, increasing the ability of the Clinical staff in being able to ascertain effectiveness of medication and target successfully any need to moderate or change the strength of doses.

“The longer you take your medication correctly as prescribed, the sooner you will no longer need it!”

1 Sabaté E, editor. Adherence to long-term therapies: evidence for action. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2003.