Medicines Wastage

A new public campaign was launched on Tue 1 April 2014 to tackle Medicine Wastage in Southern Derbyshire.

In the East Midlands alone, around £30m worth of medicines are wasted every year. That money could pay for approximately 900 community nurses, 6,000 hip replacements, 42,000 cataract operations or 5,400 knee replacements. We’re urging our GPs to remind patients to only order the medicines they need, and asking them to display materials highlighting the problem of medicines waste.

You can help us by only ordering the repeat medication that you need and ensuring that there is no stock in your cupboards and informing your doctor or Pharmacy if you have stopped taking any medication.

What is happening in general practice? Why aren’t there enough GPs? What does this mean for the GP – patient relationship? What needs to be done?

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