Medicines waste campaign launched in NHS Highland
Community pharmacists in NHS Highland are involved in a two-month campaign to try and reduce medicines waste, which is estimated to cost the local health service £3m a year.
Leaflets advising patients only to order the medicines they need and warning about the dangers of stockpiling supplies are being distributed to every patient who comes in with a repeat prescription at each of NHS Highland’s 78 community pharmacies. Campaign posters are also being put up in these pharmacies, as well as in hospital pharmacies in the area.
Clare Morrison, lead pharmacist (North) for NHS Highland, said: "We know that up to half of medicines aren’t taken as prescribed. That varies from an odd dose being missed to not taking a medicine at all.
"The key message is if you don’t need a medicine, please don’t order it. Check what medicines you have at home before you ask for a repeat prescription."
As part of the campaign, which launched yesterday (8 April 2013), patients are also being encouraged to talk to their pharmacist if they have any unexpected side effects from their medicines or have trouble remembering when to take them.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11119767
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