MEDICINES WASTE everyone's business

Did you know that as much as £5.5 million is wasted each year in Devon on unused medicines?

The money available to the NHS is limited so any money wasted could be better spent on other services; therefore this waste affects all of us.

The same amount could pay for approximately:


  • 730 heart bypasses
  • 1000 hip replacements
  • 2235 knee replacements
  • 10720 cataract operations

You can help us use this NHS money in Devon more wisely.

  • Check - look at your supplies - order only the items that you need


  • Listen - listed to the advice from your doctor, nurse or pharmacist and take all medicines as instructed on the label.


  • Tell - Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if your medicines are not agreeing with you or you have stopped taking them.


  • Tick - Using the counterfoil of the prescription, tick only the medicines you need and remember ' tick in haste - medicines waste'


  • Open - Open your bag of medication while at the pharmacy. If you have item(s) for the next month, please return these before leaving. 








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