Since the flare-up of my prostate problems two years ago, I've been taking a drug called finasteride. One tablet a day.
I've been making use of the Boots repeat prescription service. The idea is that when my current supply is about to run out, they contact the surgery for a repeat of the prescription, get the drug and then text me that it's ready to collect. Alas, they often forget to text me, and I've got into the habit of turning up at the pharmacy a day or so before my supply is due to run out to find that it's there for me to collect.
So, I turned up yesterday as I was down to my last tablet, expecting it would be waiting for me. Oh no, I was told, you're not due for a repeat until next week.
Well, that was obviously wrong. Each prescription is for two boxes, each containing 28 tablets. Each book contains two bubble packs, each pack has two strips of seven tablets. It's easy to keep track of where I am during the week by how many of the current strip have been used. 56 tablets is exactly 8 weeks. I last picked up the prescription on 29th July, exactly eight weeks ago today.
They told me to come back today. Today I was told that it appears they had a fault with their reminder system and it was reminding a week late. (And what is worse, they don't know how far back this has been happening.) They've contacted the surgery but they don't expect to get the prescription until after the weekend. Meanwhile, they did at least give my a week's supply to tide me over.
However, for the record, I've not had any recurrence of my problems since going on the drug. Curiously, the same drug is also used to treat male pattern baldness.