Residents urged not to stockpile medicines by buying unneccessary drugs (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Residents urged not to stockpile medicines by buying unneccessary drugs
6:59pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
A CAMPAIGN aiming to reduce the amount of unnecessary medicines sold across County Durham is running.
Posters and leaflets have been displayed in pharmacies and GP’s practices to raise awareness of the problem of medicine waste.
Patients are urged to only order what they need and to return unwanted medicines to their pharmacy for safe disposal.
The campaign also suggests people regularly review their medicines and discuss medicine issues with the doctor.
Rob Pitt, pharmacist, said, “We see so much waste being returned to pharmacies and most of it is avoidable.
“We cannot reuse medicines that are returned to us so we would urge you to check what you need before ordering your medicines.
“Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you need help with your medicines – that’s what we’re here for.”
Annie Dolphin lay chairwoman of NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG said: “Wasted medicines cost us about £2m a year in our area.
“That amount of money would fund a lot of additional care and patients and health staff can really help to reduce the waste.
“We want patients on repeat prescriptions to think about what they are ordering and only ask for what they need and are running out of.”
Further information may also be found on-line at www.medicinewaste.com.
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