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Unused medicine costs £1.5m a year for CCG


12 May 2015

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Health bosses in Stafford and Cannock have launched a campaign to help reduce the £1.5million of medicines wasted every year across their region.


Stafford and Surrounds and Cannock Chase clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are urging the public to join them in the campaign aimed at preventing money being wasted on unused or unnecessary medicines. This money could be reinvested in vital, local healthcare services.

Health bosses in Stafford and Cannock have launched a campaign to help reduce the £1.5million of medicines wasted every year across their region.


Stafford and Surrounds and Cannock Chase clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are urging the public to join them in the campaign aimed at preventing money being wasted on unused or unnecessary medicines. This money could be reinvested in vital, local healthcare services.

Posters, leaflets and stickers on prescription bags have gone out to pharmacies and GP surgeries across Stafford and Cannock, urging patients to think carefully about the costs and to help manage their medicines better.

Dr Anne-Marie Houlder, chair of Stafford and Surrounds CCG, said: “The amount of money that goes to waste every year on medicines that are prescribed but do not get used always shocks people. Quite often, these medicines just end up in the back of the cupboard gathering dust.

“£1.5 million is a huge amount of waste. That amount of money could be used to fund over 250 hip operations or treat over 5,500 cancer patients to receive chemotherapy.”

“It is everyone’s responsibility to keep the level of waste down and patients can play a crucial role by ensuring they only order what they need,” said Dr Johnny McMahon, chair of Cannock Chase CCG.

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