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Wasted Medicines

If you don't use it, we can't reuse it!

Wasted medicines cost NHS Forth Valley approximately £1.2 million every year. When medicines leave the pharmacy they cannot be recycled, reused by anyone else or sent abroad. If they are returned, they are destroyed.

Wasted medicines can arise when your GP changes or stops a medicine, but you can help us reduce wasted medicines in other ways.

Before ordering your prescription have a look to see what you actually need, only order what you have to. If you have stopped taking a medication let your GP or pharmacist know.

Unused and unwanted medication should ALWAYS be returned to the pharmacy for safe disposal. NEVER put medicines in the bin or flush them down the toilet.

To help your NHS reduce wasted medicines :

THINK before you order

CHECK what you have

ORDER what you need

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