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Survey reveals people take prescription medicines wrongly

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Almost one in five people have admitted taking prescription medicines incorrectly, according to research.

Findings were based on a poll of nearly 2000 adults by Lloydspharmacy in June this year.

The pharmacy firm estimates that more than 8 million adults have either misread medicine labels or misunderstood instructions, resulting in them taking the wrong dose or taking medication at the wrong time of day.

Andy Murdock, the company’s pharmacy director, said: ‘We know that many patients choose not to complete their course of medication, but this study reveals a different type of problem - patients who, for whatever reason, take their medicines incorrectly.’

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