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The quantity of medicines that is ‘wasted’ remains an area of concern for all those involved in healthcare. An estimated £450m worth of prescription medicines are discarded every year in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.1–3 It is thought that a fifth of the population has one or more unused medicines in their possession, and that on average, 75 prescription items are returned to each community pharmacy every month.1 Nationally, around 1% of dispensed items are eventually returned to a pharmacy or dispensing GP practice …