NAO finds £100m-a-year drug wastage at NHS

Over-prescription of drugs by doctors resulting in stock-piling in people’s
homes, and patients often failing to take drugs dispensed to them is resulting
in £100m of taxpayers money being wasted every year,
the National Audit Office said.

In its latest report on the NHS in England,
the NAO said more than £200m could be saved each year if doctors prescribed
generic drugs instead of brand names.

The report also found that more than £8bn -or £22m each day – is spent on 752
million prescriptions.

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