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Call to cut medicine waste in Chester-le-Street
3:28pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
PATIENTS in the Chester-le-Street area are being urged to help reduce the amount of wasted medicine.
It is estimated that £1.5m is lost each year in North Durham alone through prescribed medicine not being taken and that the UK total is about £90m. The NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) calls on patients to: Only order what they need; Return unwanted medicines to their pharmacy for safe disposal; Take their medication with them when they go into hospital; Have regular reviews of their medicines; Discuss any medication issues with their GP or pharmacist.
Posters and leaflets are on display in pharmacies, GP practices and care homes to raise awareness of medicine waste among both patients and carers. Further information is on the national website www.medicinewaste.com Dr Ian Davidson, GP Quality and Safety Lead for the North Durham CCG said: “One of the big problems is repeat prescriptions, which are ordered and collected by patients but then not used.
“Unwanted medicines in the home may mean that patients are not getting the benefit they could from their prescriptions. It also represents a large amount of waste. “With a few simple considerations, patients could help save the NHS millions each year.”
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