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The right medicine to save money
18 June 2013

Doctors and nurses in Barking and Dagenham are asking local people to help the NHS and save money by thinking more carefully about the medicines they use.

The Department of Health has estimated that nearly £40million is lost each year in London just through wasted medicines.

Dr Waseem Mohi, Chair of the local GPs group says: “If you have unwanted medicines at home, they need to go back to the pharmacy for safe disposal. It is estimated that at any one time £90million worth of unused prescription medicines are being kept in people’s homes across the UK – that’s a huge waste. So we are asking our patients to help save the NHS millions each year which could be reinvested in health services in our area.

“Please only order medicines that you need and take your medication with you if you need to go into hospital. That £40million that we could save across London could be spent on:

  • 1,548 more nurses OR
    • 39,438 more drug treatment courses for Alzheimer’s OR
    • 2,605 more drug treatment courses for breast cancer OR
    • 10,636 more hip replacements OR
    • 41,038 more cataract operations”

Dr Mohi continued:

“If you are a patient with a repeat prescription, think about what they are ordering and only ask for what you really need and are running out of.  Once medicines have been dispensed, they cannot be recycled and that is where much of the waste is happening.”