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 operation
Source Medicine Waste UK
Redlands Primary Care are committed to reducing this waste and improving patient safety. Hence from the 1st April 2021 we will be changing the standard quantities of our prescribing intervals to 28 days *. This will reduce the wastage when a medication is stopped or changed and will reduce the risk of errors when medication is changed in the middle of a supply.
Prepayment certificates can help with medicines costs (https://www.gov.uk/get-a-ppc ) and electronic Repeat Dispensing (https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/pharmacies-gp-practices-and-appliance-contractors/prescribing-and-dispensing/electronic-repeat-dispensing-erd/erd-information-patients ) can help with the convenience of obtaining your prescriptions. Community pharmacies and practice clinical pharmacists can help with these.
* Individual prescription quantities may vary depending on the drug/condition being treated at the discretion of the prescribing clinician