Here we outline important advice on taking medications, how to prevent waste and why it’s important to tell your GP if you stop taking your medicines as prescribed.
Stop Medicines Waste
It’s predicted that wasting medicines costs £1.5 million a year in South Gloucestershire, that’s equivalent to 34,000 GP appointments.
Medicines Waste refers to medicines that are requested on prescriptions but then not used. Nationally, for every £25 spent on prescription medication, £1 is wasted – and the same is true in South Gloucestershire.
The NHS pays for every medicine it dispenses, there is no such thing as a free prescription, and if it is not needed by the patient the NHS also pays for the medicines to be disposed of.
By talking and listening to the local community, GP’s, pharmacies and other healthcare professionals it’s clear how important it is that we tackle the issue of medicine waste, particularly at a time when locally and nationally the NHS system is facing major challenges to meet the demand for services within available resources.
We need your help
Reducing medicines waste is a key focus for us at South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) but it is not something we can do alone.
We need your help to work together to stop medicines waste in South Gloucestershire, reduce the spend, and get more from your local NHS.
We want to raise awareness amongst the public and need to get residents in South Gloucestershire to:
- Check what you already have at home before you order more.
- Tell your doctor if you stop taking your medication.
- Speak to your pharmacist if you are receiving medicines you don’t use.