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Repeat prescriptions



Unused prescription medicines cost the NHS an estimated £300 million every year. This is the equivalent of:

Do your bit for your NHS:
  • Check what you need before placing your order
  • Do not stockpile medication.
  • Once medicines have left a pharmacy, they cannot be reused, so check your bag of medicines before you leave the pharmacy.
  • If you don’t take a medicine that is prescribed for you, don’t order it.
  • Do not share your medications with others, this is dangerous and puts others at risk.
  • Take any unused medicines to your pharmacy for safe disposal.

The NHS belongs to you, use it responsibly.

Please do not waste medicines.

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How can you help?

Before heading to the pharmacy, take a look in your medicine cabinet to see what you actually need. You may have ordered extra of a repeat prescription last time you went and forgot.
  • Only order the medicines that you need
  • Remember that unused medicines cannot be recycled
  • Unused medicines are a safety risk

When picking up repeat prescriptions:

  1. Tick only the prescriptions you need
  2. Open your bag of prescriptions at the counter, check that only the items you need are in there
  3. Hand back any unwanted items to the dispenser
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