Wasted medicine costs the NHS millions of pounds every year.
In fact, the 'What a Waste' campaign in 2016 found that more than 13 TONNES on unused prescription medication was returned to pharmacies and destroyed between August 2015 and July 2016 in West Cheshire alone. This is the same weight as a double decker bus!
How can this waste be prevented?
If you are taking medication, please consider the following:
- Only order what you need - make sure to check what you have at home before re-ordering.
- Check what's in your prescription bag before you leave the pharmacy, and hand back what you don't need - medicines cannot be recycled or issued again once they have left the pharmacy.
- Finish your course of medication - even if you start to feel better, take your Doctor's advice and finish taking your course of medication.
- Don't stockpile medication "just in case".
- Review your medicines regularly - talk to your pharmacy or GP to check whether you still need to take your medicine.