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Please don’t request paracetamol on prescription

Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group spent £1m on prescribed paracetamol last year

A box of 32 paracetamol tablets on prescription costs the NHS approximately four times as much as it does to buy the tablets from a pharmacy or supermarket.

Please speak to your pharmacist about other pain management options or contact Suffolk Wellbeing on 0300 123 1781 to find out about relaxation workshops for pain or stress control courses.



£300m cost of medicine waste - GPs call for patients to help resolve the issue

Time to reduce medication waste – GPs

Wasted medicines are costing the NHS in the east of England almost £300million a year – and GPs in Suffolk are seeking your help to reduce that waste.
GPs in the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning group areas are supporting a new campaign to encourage patients and their carers who receive regular repeat medicines to only order the medication they need. Read more...

You can help the NHS by:
• Checking what you need before placing your order
• Not stockpiling medication – it usually takes about 48 hours for your GP practice to process a repeat prescription, so there is no need to keep a large stock at home
• If you don’t take a medicine that is prescribed for you, please don’t order it
• Do not share your medications with others as this is dangerous and puts others at risk
• If in doubt talk to your GP or pharmacis

Useful links

ea health - May 13, 2015 (PDF)
East Anglian Daily Times

Suffolk Wellbeing Service

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