Eamonn Holmes slammed for 'irresponsible' joke about medication

Eamonn Holmes slammed for making ‘irresponsible’ joke about using wife Ruth Langsford’s antibiotics on This Morning as doctor urges viewers NEVER to share medication

  • Eamonn Holmes, 61, joked about using his wife’s antibiotics on This Morning 
  • Comments promoted Dr Phillippa to urge viewers ‘never to share medication’ 
  • Ruth Langsford insisted  Eamonn was ‘joking’ but he was branded ‘irresponsible’ 

Eamonn Holmes has been slammed for making an ‘irresponsible’ joke about sharing medication on This Morning. 

During a discussion on out of date medication on the show’s medical segment the host, 61, said that he had previously used wife Ruth Langsford’s medication before she insisted her husband was ‘joking’ and ‘not to listen to him’. 

The comments prompted the show’s GP Dr Philippa Kaye to urge viewers ‘never to share medication’ and to make sure you take your entire course of antibiotics. 

Viewers quickly took to Twitter to brand the host ‘irresponsible’ for the joke, and calling the comments ‘dangerous’. 

The host said that he had previously used wife Ruth Langsford’s (pictured left) medication during Dr. Philippa Kaye’s (pictured right) medical segment 

Eamonn Holmes, 61, (pictured left) has been slammed for making an ‘irresponsible’ joke about sharing medication on This Morning

He asked Dr Philippa: ‘Talking about sell by dates or out of date labels, what I did find out during the first lockdown? One of the many tasks I undertook around my home was to empty my medical cabinet, I was shocked. 

‘Shocked as to what was in there and how out of date it was, in there [was] cough medicine lozenges and things I can’t even tell you about, and they were all there and out of date – how dangerous is this doctor?’ 

Dr Philippa replied: ‘It can actually not only be dangerous, but it essentially means what you think you’re using may not work.’ 

After urging viewers to always finish their course of antibiotics, and to ensure they use their oldest medicine before starting new prescriptions, Eammon said: ‘I always think “I didn’t exactly finish that course, but I’ll keep it in case of an emergency, in case Ruth bursts into a fever”. 

Viewers quickly took to Twitter to brand the host ‘irresponsible’ for the joke, and calling the comments ‘dangerous’.

‘I wouldn’t take any old tablets’ replied Ruth, to which Eammon went on: ‘You don’t take any tablets, I even take yours, if it’s there I’ll have it.’ 

Dr Philippa quickly interrupted: ‘Don’t do that, please don’t share your medication.’ 

‘He’s joking,’ insisted Ruth. 

The doctor replied: ‘I know, everybody if you have a little bit of antibiotics left you need to finish your course. Please don’t share your medication.’ 

Viewers soon took to Twitter to share their views, with one asking whether the host ‘ever thinks’ before commenting, while another thanked Dr Philippa for quickly jumping in. 

 Eammon said: ‘I always think “I didn’t exactly finish that course, but i’ll keep it in case of an emergency, in case Ruth bursts into a fever” 

The doctor urged viewers to always finish their course of antibiotics, and to ensure they use their oldest medicine before starting new prescriptions 

One said: ‘Irresponsible @EamonnHolmes , your ‘waffle’ about sharing medication was dangerous! Saying ‘it was a joke’ doesn’t cut it…..Trump apparently was ‘only joking’ when he advised folks to use disinfectant and light ‘inside the body’. Foolish!’ 

Another wrote: ‘Eamonn you plank! Share medication? Do you not think before blurting?’ 

A third said: ‘Second time this year I’ve had @thismorning on. The last time, Eamon was talking about 5G and coronavirus(!) this time he was talking about not finishing antibiotic courses to save ‘just in case’. Goodness me, is this standard? …. thank goodness the Dr jumped back in.’  

His comments come after he was blasted in April for saying it it suits the ‘state narrative’ to dismiss bizarre theories linking the 5G network to the spread of the coronavirus. 

Eamonn Holmes has been branded ‘irresponsible’ by some viewers over his comments on bizarre theories linking 5G phone masts and the spread of coronavirus earlier this year 

He spoke out on the ITV show after presenter Alice Beer branded the conspiracy theories which link them as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘incredibly stupid’.

Holmes responded that ‘it’s very easy to say it is not true because it suits the state narrative’.

He told Beer: ‘I totally agree with everything you are saying but what I don’t accept is mainstream media immediately slapping that down as not true when they don’t know it’s not true.

‘No-one should attack or damage or do anything like that but it’s very easy to say it is not true because it suits the state narrative.’

The presenter added: ‘That’s all I would say, as someone with an inquiring mind.’

His made the remarks after scientists dismissed any link, calling it a ‘physical and biological impossibility’ and branding conspiracy theorists ‘a public health danger’.

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