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Wales Aims to Cut the £50M Spent on Unused Medicines

Magazine article Public Finance

Wales Aims to Cut the £50M Spent on Unused Medicines

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The Welsh Assembly Government has launched a campaign to reduce the estimated £50m wasted on unused medication.

The drive, which began on September 14, aims to reduce the 250 tons of out-of-date, surplus and redundant medicines that patients take back to pharmacies and GP surgeries.

A combination of radio adverts, leaflets and advice to patients aims to raise the awareness of those taking medication. At the same time, the chief medical officer for Wales, Dr Tony Jewell, and NHS chief executive Paul Williams will write to health professionals highlighting good practice.

The WAG stressed that its own research and an independent report had shown that the abolition of prescription charges in Wales had not led to an increase in prescriptions.

Health Minister Edwina Hart said: 'Millions of pounds worth of waste medicines are burnt every year. …

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