£2.7m each year wasted in Wiltshire on unused repeat prescriptions
The Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which like many other parts of the NHS is in a very challenging financial situation, wants to end waste on repeat prescriptions - a waste that at the moment is a £2.7million a year drain on their budget.
Making sure that patients have the right medication at the right time is important to help them to stay well. However recent figures show that one in every fifteen repeat prescription items ordered was not required.
The Wiltshire CCG is 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.
Alex Goddard, of the CCG's Medicines Management team is asking people to help save money so the CCG can continue to provide high quality health services in Wiltshire: “By double checking your prescription and by only ordering items that you need, you can help us to save thousands of pounds every year."
"Try not to over order. Although it’s comforting to keep a stock of medication in the cupboard, you may find that your medication expires before you have the chance to use it."
“If you have stopped using certain medication, or are taking a different dose, speak with your GP who can carry out a medication review with you to double check that your prescription is still right for you."
In Wiltshire, over 450,000 prescription items are dispensed each month. With the average cost a prescription item now £7.58, it is clear what the impact on the CCG's budget can be.
Prescribed items that returned unused also cost the CCG about £42,000 a year in collection and incineration charge - they cannot be used again, even if the medication is unopened.
With most GP practices in Wiltshire now offering patients the choice to order repeat medication online or via email, it is even easier to select only the items that a patient needs at the time. If the local pharmacy manages your repeat prescriptions, you can make sure they are not still dispensing items you no longer need.