I’m looking forward to your answers to this one . . .

I was prescribed an antibiotic ointment this wee kby my friend/hunk/doctor, who reads this blog and even comments here. It is to be applied sparingly, and not for too long. There is 30 grams of the stuff in the tube, and I doubt I will use more than a few grams, which means I will be left with 27 grams of ointment that will sit in a cupboard until the expiry date, then thrown out. I mean, there doesn’t seem to be any other practical uses for it. I dunno: maybe I could use it on door hinges or something.

This isn’t the first time I have been prescribed way more ointment than I could possibly use. I was prescribed about the same amount of another ointment for contact dermatitis, with the same sort of instructions: use sparingly, and not for too long. The pharmacist split the prescription and gave me two smaller tubes (15 grams each). So, I still have one unopened tube and another that is almost full (both expired) — the problem was cured within 5 days.

So, why do doctors do it? Why do they seemingly prescribe much more ointment than a patient will need? Is it because they feel too much is better than not enough? Or . . .?