Even if medication is unused and unopened, it cannot be returned for use in the healthcare system for another patient. Unused medication sadly costs the NHS around £30 million per year some of which is unavoidable but much of which is the result of over-ordering.
Unused prescription medicines cost the NHS around £30 million every year. It is really important to avoid waste and only order what you actually need. However, if you do have unsued medication that you no longer need then your GP surgery or private online doctor can advise you how best to dispose of it.
Most people would probably admit to having some out-of-date cold remedies in the cupboard and then there is the problem of unused medicine – prescription products that you never opened or didn’t finish. If you don’t keep on top of it, you can easily end up with unwanted medicines from a repeat prescription delivery service that should have been amended.