Campaign launched to help tackle medicine waste
A campaign has been launched to help tackle medicine waste and encourage people to only use antibiotics when needed.
The Waste Not, Want Not – Medicines Waste campaign is a South West Essex initiative designed to raise awareness of the costly issue of unused prescription medicine and highlight the overuse of antibiotics.
Healthcare commissioners NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Thurrock CCG have joined forces to reduce the costs of wasted medicines which is estimated to be £2.5 million a year locally…money that could be better spent on improving services such as 100 extra community nurses.
Now with the cold and flu season well underway, the Waste Not, Want Not – Medicines Waste campaign is sending out the message that most people will NOT need to be treated with antibiotics for their winter ailments.