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Medicine Wastage

It has been estimated £300 million of NHS prescribed medicines are wasted each year.

Did you know?

Unused prescription medicines cost the NHS in the UK an estimated £300million every year. This could pay for …

  • 11,778 MORE community nurses or
  • 80,906 MORE hip replacements or
  • 19,799 MORE drug treatment courses for breast cancer or
  • 300,000 MORE drug treatment courses for Alzheimer’s or
  • 312,175 MORE cataract operations

Boxes of waste medicines generated in 8 weeks by a local pharmacy: