£2.7m each year in Wiltshire wasted on unused repeat prescriptions
Making sure that you have the right medication at the right time is important to help you to stay well. However, not all prescriptions in Wiltshire are actually required; with recent figures showing that 1 in every 15 repeat prescription items ordered were not required.
In Wiltshire, these wasted medicines equate to a massive £2.7 million drain every year on an already challenged health budget. NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is therefore asking people to review their current repeat prescriptions to see if they still need all of the items listed and to make sure that they only order what they need.
With most GP practices in Wiltshire now offering patients the choice to order repeat medication online or via email, it’s even easier to select just the items that you need at the time you need it. If your local pharmacy manages your repeat prescriptions, make sure your prescription is up to date and that the pharmacist only dispenses the items that you need.