Don’t waste medicines appeal

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A Kilrea pharmacist is backing a campaign to encourage the public to cut down on the number of wasted medicines.

The Northern Local Commissioning Group is supporting a campaign called ‘Don’t use it? Don’t order it!’ launched by the Health Minister, Edwin Poots.

Stephen Slaine, who manages McIlroy’s Chemist in Kilrea, said: “We are encouraging patients to take responsibility for their medicines and ultimately their own health, particularly in the management of long term conditions. We fully support this campaign and would encourage people to speak to their local pharmacist if they have any questions about their medicines or if they are unsure if their repeat prescription is necessary.”

Laurence O’Kane, interim Chair, Northern Local Commissioning Group said;

“By checking what prescriptions you have at home before reordering and by cancelling unwanted repeat prescriptions, it will cut down on the number of wasted medicines. This is an easy way but effective way for local people to help.