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Getting rid of medicines waste

You said

People told us that we should stop waste before we cut any services.  In particular there was an issue identified with high levels of medicines waste and over ordering and stockpiling medication

We did

We looked into these issues.  We found out that Rotherham has high prescribing costs compared to other areas;


  • Between 2013-16 we carried out audits in GP Practices to determine if there is a waste problem
  • In  October 2015 we launched our waste campaign
  • We stopped 3rd Party ordering of repeat prescriptions
  • July 18Self Care Posters are produced

What this has meant

  • Reduction in ‘when required’ repeat meds being ordered
  • Less medication waste
  • Empowered patients managing their own medicines
  • Support on the end of a medicines waste phone line