My now famous pill popping character, Pilly Galore is at last beginning to influence national policy 😀. This must be clear evidence that those nice people at NICE – the National Institute for Cancelling Everything – are reading my blogs about Pilly’s exploits.
A report in The Daily Mail on Thursday 22nd August again highlights that “One in 5 pensioners pop 7 pills every day”. This is not news to Pilly and her GP – Doctor Astro Glax in fact they think it grossly understates the pill tsunami that has overtaken the elderly population. It is hardly surprising when GP’s are paid more for every pill they prescribe and when pharmacies earn more for every pill they sell! There are no incentives to get people off pills quite the reverse. Pilly is only happy if she gets a new pill each time she sees her superhero Doctor.
There is some good news the very next day, this time on the front page of the Daily Mail – the headline proclaims – “ Four-in-one pill that slashes heart risk “. It is a study suggesting that a pill combining aspirin, statins and two blood pressure lowering pills could reduce heart attacks and strokes by a third. It could be given to MILLIONS of older people.
All in a single pill which is an idea pinched from Milly’s blog and the cartoon below.
You can see all of my earlier blogs on Milly by clicking on Pills in the Tag Cloud.