Editorial Comment

NHS Pharmacies – Tablets change colour and size


As a patient who takes now 5 ‘white’ tablets each day I am often confused about which tablets I put into my daily medicine box. In the past 12 months one of my tablets has changed from a dark orange to a light orange. Another of my capsules has changed size and colour. And a third capsule has been replaced by a different brand. The capsule which I have taken for years is no longer widely available I believe due to manufacturing problems.

Then there are my inhalers – they too have changed in size and in my opinion their effectiveness. Thankfully the colour of the inhaler has not changed. The meanness of prescribers though s to issue one at a time. If you suffer with asthma you would understand the importance of having a sparfe inhaler.

The final twist to the change of colour and size is the prescription of quantities. Two months supply seems to be par for the course thesedays.

I do wonder if I was much older and did not have all (or most) of my faculties whether I could manage to cope with all the colour changes and the size and shape changes of my medication.


Robert Campbell

By Robert Campbell<br><img src="" alt="Robert Campbell" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>

Started work writing medical cards in 1966 at Staffordshire Executive Council. Have worked at Inner London Executive Council, Hertfordshire Executive Council, Lambeth Southwark and Lewisham FPC, Birmingham FPC, Dudley FPC and Wakefield FPC and Family Health Services Authority. I was seconded to the NHS Appeals Unit and have worked as a full time GP practice manager since 1992 until 2010. I was also an AMSPAR trainer at Park Lane College, Leeds. Now I work as a freelance author.