Lloydspharmacy Reveals Britons Play Russian Roulette With World's
on: June 26, 2009, 2:31 am
to new research* carried out by Lloydspharmacy, the UK's leading
community pharmacy chain, around 2.1million British holidaymakers
and travellers are ignoring the need to protect themselves against
may explain the alarming rise in the number of cases found in
the UK, with the British Medical Journal reporting a 30% rise
cases in the UK over the last 15 years**.
to the new survey of over 1000 people, 25% had travelled to a
malaria hotspot in the last five years, with the African continent
the most popular of these destinations (11%). The research also
found that 19% of these intrepid adventurers either ignored the
risk of malaria, or abandoned their malaria
medication during the danger period. Despite malaria being
one of the leading causes of disease and death in the world, with
an estimated 300-500 million new cases worldwide every year, resulting
in 1.5 to 2.7 million deaths***, Lloydspharmacy found 9% of men
and 5% of women simply relied on less effective measures like
mosquito repellent, nets or Vitamin B to protect themselves from
the potentially deadly disease. A worrying 11% did not even realise
that they had travelled to a malarial hotspot.
release of these findings coincides with the launch of a new complete
range of prescription only anti-malarial
pills which are available through the Lloydspharmacy'
Online Doctor. This is one of only a few online services of
its kind and does not require a visit to a GP. This service is
designed to encourage travellers to stock up on the necessary
anti-malaria pills before travelling
Frost, Head of Medicines at Lloydspharmacy
said "We are far too complacent about the risks of malaria
and as a result we have one of the worst track records amongst
industrialised countries for bringing this disease home from our
holidays. Our new online malaria pills service aims to encourage
holidaymakers to protect themselves by making it as easy as possible
to access the necessary malaria pills.
all it takes is just one bite from an infected mosquito to contract
malaria and it can be deadly if not treated. However, buying the
medication isn't enough - it will do little to protect travellers
unless they follow the instructions carefully."
Lloydspharmacy online malaria service involves the customer completing
an online questionnaire which is screened by a GP from Dr Thom.
If the customer meets appropriate criteria, a prescription is
issued and medication distributed with advice on how to take the
medication to best effect.
* ICM Survey, Sample 1040, fieldwork done 12th – 14th December
** A Health Protection Agency study identified 6,753 cases of
falciparum malaria diagnosed in the UK between 2002 and 2006.
This is a 30% increase over the last 15 years, according to the
British Medical Journal.
Lloydspharmacy has around 1700 pharmacies across the UK. These
are based predominantly in community and health centre locations.
The company employs over 16,000 staff and dispenses over 145 million
prescription items annually.
is a community pharmacy with primary care at the heart of its
business. This is why it has launched a range of products aimed
at improving community health such as affordable blood pressure
monitors and allergy relievers, as well as a suite of convenient
professional health check services including free blood pressure
and diabetes testing, and cholesterol and heart checks in the
comfort of a private consultation room.
is the trading name of Lloydspharmacy Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Celesio AG based in Stuttgart. Celesio is the leading pharmaceutical
distribution company in Europe and is represented in 16 countries.
With its three divisions, Patient and Consumer Solutions, Pharmacy
Solutions and Manufacturer Solutions, the group covers the entire
scope of pharmaceutical trade and pharmaceutical-related services.