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£2 Million Worth Of Medicine Wasted In Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:01am 16th June 2013

Cornwall is wasting two million pounds worth of medicines every year.

Statistics from NHS Kernow reckon that is enought to pay for 65 community nurses or 230 hip operations.

Bosses are now urging us to check labels, and make sure we really need drugs we are re-ordering.

Senior pharmaceutical advisor Paul Hughes has warned there are safety issues too.

He said: "Medicines do have expiry dates. It is also medication that may no longer be appropriate for the patient, and there's always the chance there that these medicines may be taken inadvertantly. You know, thus increasing the possibility of side-effects or adverse reactions.

"If they are having regular, repeat items on prescription from their GP, try not to order it, see if they've got sufficient stock at home. The other thing we're asking patients to do is to check that the stock that they hold is still indicated for their medical condition."

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