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Lloydspharmacy Reveals Over 11 Million Britons Risking Health by Taking Old Medicines
Date:4/4/2011

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. If you use an out of date ointment, spray or cream there is a risk of high bacteria levels in the bottle or tube. Next time you're popping to the shops, bring your old and unused medicines to your local Lloydspharmacy so we can dispose of them safely."

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*All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from ICM.  Total sample size was 2031 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 11th - 14th February 2011. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+). Research does not include Northern Ireland.

**Exact figure 47,358,000. Taken as a percentage of the overall Great Britain population (60,003,100) from the Office of National Statistics

***Source: A report by the York Health Economics Consortium and the School of Pharmacy at the University of London in 2010, which showed unused prescription medicines cost the NHS in England at least 300 million pounds with at least 50 per cent avoidable.

****Lloydspharmacy cannot accept needles, syringes or other sharps, chemicals, veterinary products, pesticides or other garden chemicals, paints, solvents and oils, dialysis kits and anything else that is not a medicine

*****Applicable for patients who are taking more than one medication and have at least three months of records with the pharmacy. Not available in Scotland, NI and Channel Islands

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Lloydspharmacy has over 1650 pharmacies across the UK.  These are based predominantly in community and health centre locations.  The company employs over 17,000 staff and dispenses over 151 million prescription items annually and also offers an online doctor service and pr
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