Open Up About Medicines

Open Up About Medicines and help your local NHS reduce medicines waste and save money.

The three CCGs in east Berkshire, Bracknell and Ascot CCG, Slough CCG and Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead CCG, in conjunction with Oxford Academic Health Science Network are supporting the ‘Open Up’ About Medicines campaign.

The ‘Open Up’ About Medicines campaign is a medicines waste campaign with a difference! It encourages people to take responsibility for their medicines and talk to their GP, pharmacist, and when in hospital a healthcare professional about their medicines. Medicines prescribed by GPs are paid for from our local NHS budget, this money can also be used for other types of NHS care.

We are aware that some patients do not want to take all the medicines that their doctors prescribe for them. Sometimes people continue ordering and collecting them because they worry about how they look not taking them and about telling a health care professional how they feel. Also some people become confused by the number of medicines that are prescribed for them. This can lead to some medicines never being used and later wasted.

Unused medicines cost the NHS millions of pounds (the annual cost was estimated at £300 million in 2010, of which £150 million was estimated as avoidable). In east Berkshire this equates to approximately £2 million.

Money not spent on medicines can be spent on other types of care, and most importantly this money is kept within our local NHS.

The CCGs are committed to making sure that our patients get the best possible treatment. Preventing medicines waste is critical to this commitment.

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For more information about the campaign, watch the video.

This campaign was originally created by Southampton CCG and Wessex Academic Health Science Network and adopted for use locally.