Essential facts, stats and quotes relating to waste medicines

Published on: 17th August 2015 | Updated on: 28th March 2022

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York Health Economics Consortium, University of York, and the School of Pharmacy, University of London. Evaluation of the Scale, Causes and Costs of Waste Medicines (November 2010)

  • Up to £300 million of medicines are wasted each year and half of this waste could be avoided.

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