Every year, £2.5 million worth of medication is never used in the Thurrock and Basildon areas. This could pay for 3,125 cataract operations, 395 hip replacements or 100 more community nurses.
To cut down medication waste in our areas, Thurrock CCG and Basildon and Brentwood CCG have teamed up to launch the Waste Not, Want Not campaign with the aim to help save the NHS in south west Essex millions of pounds.
The year-long campaign will address the different issues patients, GPs, pharmacists, care homes and carers face when trying to make the best use of medicines. Hear more about our campaign and it's aims from the Head of Medicine Management, Denise Rabette:
Few patients realise that once medication has been returned to a pharmacy, even if the package has never been open, it must be destroyed. Therefore, people are being asked to check their medicines bag at the pharmacy and only take home what they need.
To help understand the causes of medicine waste, the CCGs are kick-starting the campaign by asking people to take part in an online survey on their prescription re-ordering habits. Patients and carers with responsibility for managing and administering medication can complete this on our campaign survey page.
For more information on arranging a Medicines Use Review with a local pharmacist in order to discuss your medication, visit our What is a Medicines Use Review? page.