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NHS: Drugs

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) over-prescription of drugs and (b) unused drugs to the NHS in 2007-08. (207646)

The Department does not have a robust estimate of the value of unused, wasted and returned prescription medicines. We have recently awarded a contract jointly to the Universities of York and London to carry out research to determine the scale and cost of unused medicines and the varied and complex reasons why people do not take their medicines as intended. The findings of this research will inform policy development to reduce the amount of unwanted medicines and provide value for money for the national health service.