Unused prescription medicines cost the NHS in the UK an estimated £300million every year.

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Medicine Waste brochure

Wasted or unused medicine is a serious and growing problem within the NHS that you can help tackle.

It is estimated that as much as
£300million is wasted every year on unused or partially used medication.

Medicine Waste brochure



Featured on BBC Radio 5 Live

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

How can you help?

How can you help?

Wasted medicine is everyone's responsibility and there are small changes you can make to help reduce the amount of medicine being wasted. These savings could be reinvested into more front line care and services for the benefit of all.

Find a campaign near you

Find a campaign near you

The Medicine Waste campaign is an ongoing initiative with campaigns occurring throughout the UK all year round.

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