Stop Think Reorder Medicines Waste campaign – LLR

Stop Think Reorder Waste Campaign Leicestershire and Rutland LPC ( February 2019)



LLR LPC have launched a campaign to support patient education and awareness to prevent over-ordering of medicines and encourage patients to order only what is needed. This is a great opportunity to support reduction in medicines wastage and deliver NMS and MUR services to patients who may not be taking their medicines correctly.







LLR LPC have funded a campaign which will provide you the following:

  1. Stop think reorder sticker roll to put on prescriptions so patients are encouraged to think before reordering medicines.
  2. A Pharmacy poster to display in your pharmacy.
  3. A leaflet for Patients which provides a summary of the key messages to deliver to patients on handing out medicines on collection (copies can be printed to hand out) Medicines waste campaign leaflet LLR Feb 2019
  4. A simple audit to collate data for a period of 2 weeks to measure the impact of the campaign which will simply measure if the patient is aware of the campaign and how many items did the patient no re-order as a result of the campaign.
  5. Stop think reorder campaign letter and audit sheet LLRLPC Feb 2019

We would encourage you to have the conversations with as many patients as possible and participate in the audit which will enable us to mitigate concerns and perceptions regarding over ordering of medicines,

These packs will be delivered to you or provided to you during February 2019.

We would encourage you to start the campaign and audit  w/c 4th March 2019 for a period of two weeks


A report by the Department of Health estimates that unused medicines cost the NHS around £300 million every year, with an estimated £110 million worth of medicine returned to pharmacies, £90 million worth of unused prescriptions being stored in homes and £50 million worth of medicines disposed of by Care Homes. These startling figures don’t even take into account the cost to patients’ health if medicines are not being correctly taken. If medicine is left unused, this could lead to worsening symptoms and extra treatments that could have been avoided.

Sometimes patients receive medicines they don’t actually use, or use only occasionally. This means that they can lose out on the intended health benefits of their prescription. The reasons why patients don’t take all their medication can vary and audits have shown that around half of all the medication returned had not even been opened.

By reducing the amount of medicines being wasted each year, we could increase the available funding for other desperately needed health services.

I hope that you will all support this campaign to enable community pharmacists to contribute to the current challenges the NHS faces in terms of medicines wastage and prevent over-ordering of medicines

Luvjit Kandula (Chief Officer on behalf of LLR LPC)