Medicines that are unused and thrown away cost the NHS in England £300 million of tax payers’ money every year. Locally, across Birmingham CrossCity CCG, that equates to up to £4.5 million every year.
In order to reduce waste and improve patient safety, we are asking patients to take these simple steps when ordering repeat medicines (prescriptions):
• Only order what you need - check which medicines you have at home before re-ordering.
• Some medicines may not need to be re-ordered every time if you don’t take/use them every day or you already have enough. Did you know that if you don’t order a medicine, it will still appear on your repeat prescription next time?
• Speak to your GP practice if your repeat prescription needs updating.
• Having regular discussions with your pharmacist and GP will mean you get the right help with taking your medicines. Speak to your pharmacist about a medicines use review, to discuss getting the most from your prescription medicines.
• Did you know medicines cannot be re-used once they have left the pharmacy? So check your prescription bag before you leave.
• Return any unwanted medicines to a Pharmacy for safe disposal. Never dispose of them by putting them in the bin or flushing them down the sink or toilet. Unused medicines kept at home are a safety risk to children and to others.
If everyone makes small changes, then together we can make a massive difference to reduce the waste of medicines in our NHS.
Check your medicines before you leave the pharmacy
Don’t tick it, if you don’t need it
Check what medicines you have at home before you order more
Everyone has a part to play to reduce medicines waste
Medicines waste campaign - check your bag before you leave the pharmacy:
Medicines waste campaign - check your bag before you leave the pharmacy
Medicines waste campaign - talk to your GP and pharmacist for advice.
Medicines waste campaign - check at home first.
Medicines waste campaign - check it before you tick it.