Unused prescription medicines cost the NHS across the UK over £300 million every year.
£300 million could pay for:
- 80,906 MORE hip replacements*
- 101,351 MORE knee replacements*
- 19,799 MORE drug treatment courses for breast cancer*
- 11,778 MORE community nurses*
- 300,000 MORE drug treatment courses for Alzheimer's*
*Based on average costs
But there are ways you can help reduce the cost of wasted medicines! Remember, only order what you need.
How Can You Help?
There are a number of ways that you can help to reduce the issue of wasted medicines and save money for your local NHS.
Only order the medicines that you need
- Please let your GP or Pharmacist know if you’ve stopped taking any of your medicines.
- Check what medicines you still have at home before re-ordering.
- Discuss your medication with your GP or Pharmacist on a regular basis.
- If you don’t need the medicine please don’t order it! If you need the medicine in the future you can still request it.
- If you need to go into hospital, please remember to take all your medicines with you in a clearly marked bag.
- Please also remember that your medicines are prescribed only for you; it’s not safe to share them with anyone else.
Remember that unused medicines cannot be recycled
- Even if you never open them, once medicines have left the Pharmacy, they cannot be recycled or used by anyone else.
- Please take your unused medicines to the Pharmacy or dispensary for safe disposal.
- NEVER dispose of your unused or unwanted medicines down the toilet.
Unused medicines are a safety risk
- Return out of date medicines to your Pharmacy or dispensary for safe disposal.
- If your medicines change - return your old medicines to the Pharmacy or dispensary for safe disposal to avoid mixing them up with your new medicines.
- Don't stockpile medication - it is a safety risk for children and others who might take them.
- Store medicines in an appropriate place out of reach of children.
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