Now anyone reading the title of this post who also follows Jessica and Psoriasis may think I’ve just nicked it. I have the same title as it’s about the same campaign. I was contacted last week and have read the details of this campaign with interest as it does highlight a very good point. The Psoriasis: Think Twice campaign is based on data collected by Leo Pharma which has shown that large number of psoriasis patients do not have regular visits to their GP to discuss their condition and have their medication reviewed. I have personal experience of this and I will admit that it’s not all the fault of the GP’s. I personally have thought for some time that Psoriasis is a condition that really needs to be controlled by specialists as GPs do not have enough expertise. My visits to the GP often revolved around me telling them how bad my skin was and what medication I wanted to try. Or I became lazy and just put in another repeat, at one point getting this doubled just so I didn’t have to do it so often or spend so much money.
The campaign also highlights the financial pressure put on patients and the economy. Many psoriasis patients buy over the counter and other lotions, creams and basically whatever we can get our hands on to go with our prescribed treatment. So as well as the medication not really being effective, some of us are also having to spend a lot more money. The burden on the economy is the cost of people having complications due to being on the wrong medication. The estimated costs of this is to the NHS is £500 million. There is more to this than just a financial cost, from the research it was shown:
“Lack of regular review highlighted by survey could mean that serious comorbidities such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer are missed “
• Psori On the Psoriasis: Think Twice website there is more about Jess and her story along with 7 tips on speaking with your GP so you go to your appointments better prepared. Believe me, I wish I had known these when my journey started all those years ago. I am still learning and often forget to say things to the doctor. The campaign has also gained the backing of the British Skin Foundation who say:
“Skin d “Skin decease can have a huge impact on all aspect’s of a person’s life, including self-confidence, career and personal relationships. One way to try and combat this is to ensure that patients have the best information and resources available to them to optimally manage their condition. Ensuring easily accessible advice and guidance is vital to prevent patients from becoming stuck on treatment cycles of repeat prescriptions where there may be a more effective alternative. This is why we support the Psoriasis: Think Twice campaign”
For more information please visit the Psoriasis: Think Twice website. It is there to help you take ownership of your treatment.