Services Database Medication Waste “Don’t Stockpile Medicines” Project (Hertsmere Area)

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The aim of the Medication Waste “Don’t Stockpile Medicines” project is to enable community pharmacists in Hertsmere to visit often-vulnerable patients in their homes to undertake a domiciliary Medicines Use Review (MUR). The patient will have been referred by a nurse, a social worker, care staff or other professional to the pharmacy as potentially having an overstock of medication. This will ensure that:

  •  any excess or out of date medication is removed and to improve the patient’s understanding of medicines is improved;
  • medicines waste is reduced by preventing stockpiling in the future;
  • patient’s quality of life is improved through improved compliance;
  • hospital admissions are reduced; and
  • the requirement for multiple social care visits for medication issues is reduced.

This project will provide an important opportunity for community pharmacists to have a discussion with the patient and educate them to manage and order their medication in the most appropriate way in the future.

Location of service

Hertfordshire LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

Source of funding

Local Authority (LA)

Service type

Domiciliary care

Other organisations involved


Start date: 14/01/2019
End date: 30/04/2019




Not known.


This service is available in the Hertsmere area only.