Your doctor will enable you to obtain a medication by writing you a prescription. This is a form which can be taken or sent to the pharmacy. A prescription permits the pharmacist to issue you with a medication which cannot normally be obtained over the counter, or which would otherwise be expensive for you to buy.
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Normally your doctor will only issue medications for no more than two months at a time. There are a number of reasons for this, the most important being that over this time scale the taking of the medication can be monitored for correct use. This policy also minimises waste of prescription medications, and having a fixed time scale for prescribing ensures that all patients are treated equally.
If your prescription is for a long term medication, then it can be prescribed as a “repeat medication” for a period of up to a year. A repeat medication can be requested from the practice without prior authorization from a doctor. This means a standard repeat prescription will allow the issue of 6 prescriptions before the prescription has to be reauthorized. See our repeat prescriptions page
After a year, the reauthorization of a repeat medication will require some form of discussion with your doctor. This is to ensure that the medication is still appropriate for your health needs.