Wasted Medicines

Can you help reduce the cost of unused medicines?

Millions of pounds worth of prescription medicines are wasted across West Cheshire every year.  Patients returned more than 13 tonnes worth of unused prescription medication to local pharmacies between August 2015 and July 2016 – the same weight as a double decker bus.

However, with just a third of unused medication returned to pharmacies for disposal, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Once medicines have been prescribed and dispensed they cannot be recycled and have to be thrown away – even if they haven’t been opened.

There are several ways people can help:

  • Check your stock of medicines before ordering a repeat prescription.
  • Only order those medicines that you need and are running out of.
  • Any unused medicines at home should be taken back your pharmacy for safe disposal.
  • If you have any questions about your medicine please consult your GP or Pharmacist.

The money that can be saved by asking people to think carefully about their prescription needs could be used to provide other important healthcare services.

To find out more about the “What a Waste” campaign please click here.