We conducted a survey that revealed that 1 in 4 people have taken out of date medicines! As a result, we are encouraging you to give your medicine cabinet a good spring clean and take any unwanted or old medicines to your local LloydsPharmacy.

“Taking out of date medicines is not advisable and has potentially serious health consequences. At the very least, they might not be as effective as usual. For example, you wouldn’t want to take an old cholesterol lowering medicine which may not be effective – and an old, less reliable insulin pen used to treat diabetes could be dangerous as it may not provide the dose that is intended.”

Sam Preston

Pharmacist at LloydsPharmacy

Poor medicines management also raises the issue of medicines wastage.

The annual cost to the NHS is estimated to be £300m, £90m as a result of unused prescription medicines retained in people’s homes.

Source: A report by the York Health Economics Consortium and the School of Pharmacy at the University of London in 2010

£300 million cost to the NHS


of people taking medicines experience avoidable side effects


of people on regular repeat prescriptions don't take their medicines as they should


of people forget to take their medicines

That’s why we want you to give your medicine cabinet a spring clean and dispose  of your old or unwanted medication correctly!