Monday, October 27, 2008

Unused drugs costing NHS millions

From BBC News:
As much as £1 worth of every £20 spent on prescription drugs is never used by patients, according to the NHS.

A Scottish GP has called for a recycling scheme to stop hundreds of millions of pounds worth of unused drugs going to waste.

Some unused drugs are returned to pharmacists and incinerated, others are just binned by patients.

Dr James Douglas wants unopened medicines to be offered to patients who need them for free.

Drugs are often thrown away because clinicians over-prescribe or because patients fail to take their medicines. ...more

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