Plea over drug waste

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SHEFFIELD GPs, community pharmacies and clinicians are launching a new drive to reduce the number of unused prescription medicines that cost the local NHS more than £2m every year.

Patients are being encouraged to think carefully before requesting repeat prescriptions and to return unused drugs to their pharmacy.

Dr Richard Oliver, who chairs the Clinical Executive at NHS Sheffield, said: “Reducing the amount of waste on unnecessary prescriptions could save millions of pounds which could be invested elsewhere in the health care system.”

One patient had returned unused and unopened medicines which filled a bin liner and were valued at £5,500.