By Neal Patel, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Head of Corporate Communications
Throwing away medicines rather than using them as intended is a huge problem.
At time when the NHS is having to find £20 billion pounds worth of savings it’s absolutely right that we should all focus on areas on efficiency which feel like (financial) gain with very little, (service loss) pain.
The York Health Economics Consortium, and The School of Pharmacy, University of London, founds that in England in 2009 NHS primary and community care prescription medicines waste cost £300 million.
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