Boltonians have £500,000 of unused pills in their homes

Stephen Liversedge

Stephen Liversedge

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

PATIENTS in Bolton store about £500,000 of unused medicine in their homes — prompting health chiefs to call for a mass spring clear out.

NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging people across the borough to dispose of their unused prescription medicines as part of a safety warning.

Prescription medicines past their expiry dates pose a significant health risk if they have been prescribed to treat a serious condition.

The warning comes after the launch of the CCG’s latest campaign to stop Bolton people wasting money on prescribed medicine, which costs the NHS £1.5 million each year in Bolton alone.

Dr Stephen Liversedge, clinical director for primary care and health improvement at the CCG, said: “I recommend anyone who takes a number of regular medicines to have a ‘spring clean’ this week and dispose of any items that they no longer need.

“Stockpiling medicines at home is unsafe. The best way to avoid this is for people to only order what they need. Every prescription costs the NHS in Bolton money, whether the patient pays for their prescriptions or not. Unfortunately, many of these medicines are wasted, so this money could be better spent on other things.”

Louise Gatley, chief officer at Bolton Local Pharmaceutical Comm-ittee, added: “A medicine not taken is the most expensive medicine there is.

“Please make sure you only order what you need and don’t be afraid to not order items if you don’t need them. Your pharmacy staff will always be able to guide you.

“If you want to know more about your medicines, your pharm-acist will sit down and talk you through them and discuss any side effects. Just pop into your local pharmacy.”

Through the Hard Pill to Swallow campaign, the CCG hopes to persuade Bolton people to stop wasting antibiotics as each prescription costs the NHS money, even when they are bought by patients.

For more information, go to hardpilltoswallow.co.uk

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7:01am Thu 27 Mar 14

breightmet kid says...

This is a wonderful idea. Everyone has unused drugs in their homes, all of which are easily accessible to young persons or those wishing to get their hands on them for the wrong reasons.

There are two obvious reasons, over prescription by GP's and patients not tasking the full course of treatment. Neither situation is easily solved.

It is quite easy to return unused drugs to the chemist for destruction.
This is a wonderful idea. Everyone has unused drugs in their homes, all of which are easily accessible to young persons or those wishing to get their hands on them for the wrong reasons. There are two obvious reasons, over prescription by GP's and patients not tasking the full course of treatment. Neither situation is easily solved. It is quite easy to return unused drugs to the chemist for destruction. breightmet kid
  • Score: 2

8:05am Thu 27 Mar 14

AngelaR says...

Just because an item is on your repeat prescription you dont need to order it! If you have 5 boxes of the stuff at home already, don't get some more! Everyone moans about NHS waste, but we can all do our bit!
Just because an item is on your repeat prescription you dont need to order it! If you have 5 boxes of the stuff at home already, don't get some more! Everyone moans about NHS waste, but we can all do our bit! AngelaR
  • Score: -2

8:39am Thu 27 Mar 14

Jim271 says...

Any excuse to justify the cuts in funding and the increase in council tax.

REMEMBER, its your own fault if you get made redundant,
or have an accident
or get cancer
so stop blaming the Government, just keep giving them a third of your money every week and go to your grave happy and poor,

You get your reward in heaven.
Any excuse to justify the cuts in funding and the increase in council tax. REMEMBER, its your own fault if you get made redundant, or have an accident or get cancer so stop blaming the Government, just keep giving them a third of your money every week and go to your grave happy and poor, You get your reward in heaven. Jim271
  • Score: 5

8:49am Thu 27 Mar 14

nomore352 says...

Back in the 70's Bolton Council ran the DUMP campaign. .disposal of unused medicines & pills which was very successful.
Just shows how things don't change!
Back in the 70's Bolton Council ran the DUMP campaign. .disposal of unused medicines & pills which was very successful. Just shows how things don't change! nomore352
  • Score: 1

8:59am Thu 27 Mar 14

oftbewildered2 says...

how do 'they' know what people have in their cupboards? Although I do not doubt there is a quantity of medication sitting there unused and unwanted, some people may have just flushed them down the loo (not to be advised, but it is done). The article should have made it very clear that all unused/unwanted medication should be returned to a pharmacy.
how do 'they' know what people have in their cupboards? Although I do not doubt there is a quantity of medication sitting there unused and unwanted, some people may have just flushed them down the loo (not to be advised, but it is done). The article should have made it very clear that all unused/unwanted medication should be returned to a pharmacy. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 3

9:08am Thu 27 Mar 14

Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work! says...

how much of this wasted medication has been paid for in the first place!!! people might be more carefull if they paid for it!!
how much of this wasted medication has been paid for in the first place!!! people might be more carefull if they paid for it!! Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work!
  • Score: -3

9:13am Thu 27 Mar 14

steveG says...

£500,000!!!! My wife's got that much.
£500,000!!!! My wife's got that much. steveG
  • Score: 2

9:42am Thu 27 Mar 14

filthy6 says...

steveG wrote:
£500,000!!!! My wife's got that much.
For putting up with you she's probably on anti-depressants
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: £500,000!!!! My wife's got that much.[/p][/quote]For putting up with you she's probably on anti-depressants filthy6
  • Score: -1

10:24am Thu 27 Mar 14

Gore Seer says...

I Have A Few Pills Building Up, BUT I HAVE PAID FOR EVERY ONE.
I Have A Few Pills Building Up, BUT I HAVE PAID FOR EVERY ONE. Gore Seer
  • Score: 1

2:03pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Jim271 says...

"how much of this wasted medication has been paid for in the first place!!! people might be more carefull if they paid for it!!"

Errr, people who pay Tax and NI already pay for it.

Tory homepage is over there, you silly man.

Try not to get hurt.
"how much of this wasted medication has been paid for in the first place!!! people might be more carefull if they paid for it!!" Errr, people who pay Tax and NI already pay for it. Tory homepage is over there, you silly man. Try not to get hurt. Jim271
  • Score: 2

2:11pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work! says...

Errr, people who pay Tax and NI already pay for it.

Tory homepage is over there, you silly man.

Try not to get hurt.

So ALL those that get prescriptions for FREE have paid into the system then?

and for the record JIM, im a female and deff not a tory!
try not to trip over yourself on the way out!
Errr, people who pay Tax and NI already pay for it. Tory homepage is over there, you silly man. Try not to get hurt. So ALL those that get prescriptions for FREE have paid into the system then? and for the record JIM, im a female and deff not a tory! try not to trip over yourself on the way out! Sick of paying of paying for the idle who DONT want to work!
  • Score: -2

4:28pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Jim271 says...

Mrs Sick of PAYING

What are you doing on here?

Shouldn't you be watching TOWIE or Real Housewives or waiting for your rich husband to come home so you can cook him a meal.

Its not nice judging people is it,lol silly woman, should have never given women like you the vote (JOKE)
Mrs Sick of PAYING What are you doing on here? Shouldn't you be watching TOWIE or Real Housewives or waiting for your rich husband to come home so you can cook him a meal. Its not nice judging people is it,lol silly woman, should have never given women like you the vote (JOKE) Jim271
  • Score: 0

9:52pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Frotage says...

AngelaR wrote:
Just because an item is on your repeat prescription you dont need to order it! If you have 5 boxes of the stuff at home already, don't get some more! Everyone moans about NHS waste, but we can all do our bit!
Well said Angela. Probably the most sensible comment on here. This issue is about wasting tax payers money. My better half works in the NHS and the repeat prescription ordering does lead to some patients having huge stockpiles of medicines and often for no good reason (meaning they already have several weeks supply). She recently visited the home of a sadly deceased patient and left with carrier bags full of unopened medical supplies. Angela is right, it all adds up.
[quote][p][bold]AngelaR[/bold] wrote: Just because an item is on your repeat prescription you dont need to order it! If you have 5 boxes of the stuff at home already, don't get some more! Everyone moans about NHS waste, but we can all do our bit![/p][/quote]Well said Angela. Probably the most sensible comment on here. This issue is about wasting tax payers money. My better half works in the NHS and the repeat prescription ordering does lead to some patients having huge stockpiles of medicines and often for no good reason (meaning they already have several weeks supply). She recently visited the home of a sadly deceased patient and left with carrier bags full of unopened medical supplies. Angela is right, it all adds up. Frotage
  • Score: 0

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