Wasted or unused medicine is a serious and growing problem within the NHS that we can all help tackle.
It is estimated that as much as £300 million is wasted every year on unused or partially used medication.
Find out more about the campaign to reduce medicine waste at Medicine Waste UK.
Ways we can help
- Please let your GP or Pharmacist know if you’ve stopped taking any of your medicines
- Check what medicines you still have at home before re-ordering
- Discuss your medication with your GP or Pharmacist on a regular basis
- Think carefully before ticking all the boxes on your repeat prescription forms and only tick those you really need
- If you don’t need the medicine please don’t order it! If you need the medicine in the future you can still request it
- If you need to go into hospital, please remember to take all your medicines with you in a clearly marked bag
- Please also remember that your medicines are prescribed only for you; it’s not safe to share them with anyone else
- Even if you never open them, once medicines have left the Pharmacy, they cannot be recycled or used by anyone else
- Please bring your unused medicines to the Pharmacy for safe disposal
- NEVER dispose of your unused or unwanted medicines down the toilet
- Return out of date medicines to your pharmacy or dispensary for safe disposal
- If your medicines change - return your old medicines to the pharmacy for safe disposal to avoid mixing them up with your new medicines
- Don't stockpile medication - it is a safety risk for children and others who might take them
- Store medicines in an appropriate place out of reach of children