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Waste medicine savings could make £800,000

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 29, 2014

Medicine Waste, Joan Etheridge

Medicine Waste, Joan Etheridge

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PEOPLE in Uttoxeter are being asked to check their medicine cupboards as part of a campaign to show how everybody - not just pharmacists, GPs and care home staff - can help save the NHS £800,000.

Pharmacists, GPs and staff from East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be out and about across East Staffordshire throughout April to talk to people about ways to work together so that NHS money isn’t wasted on unused or unwanted medicines.

The Waste Medicine Amnesty event is at Balance Street Pharmacy on April 23.

Dr Charles Pidsley, chairman of the East Staffordshire CCG, said: “We’re asking people to spring clean their medicine chests and check their repeat prescriptions.

“Often people have been prescribed medicines that for a number of reasons they are no longer using.

“It’s tempting, and all too easy, to tick the repeat prescription boxes and order medicine - just in case.

“But that means we are paying for medicines that aren’t doing anyone any good.

“It’s wasting £800,000 in East Staffordshire that could be used to fund other services in our community.”

Anyone bringing unwanted medicines to one of the Medicines Amnesty events will have the opportunity to dispose of unwanted or out of date medicines as well as talk to pharmacists about what medicines they really need.

Dr Pidsley added: “All out of date or unused medicines should be disposed of correctly so please bring these medicines to one of the events – or to your local pharmacy.

“Many people may not know that once a prescription has left a pharmacy, it can’t be re-used.

“We are asking people to think carefully about what’s in their prescription bags.

“Waste medicine is a problem we need to tackle together.”

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