The ‘Prescribing Wisely’ campaign will try and reduce spending on medicines and also reduce waste. If a medicine you need can be bought without a prescription, your GP may ask if you are willing to buy it. If you are not, it may be prescribed.
When you buy one of these medicines at a pharmacy, it is worth asking for the least expensive form of the medicine.
Another aspect of the Prescribing Wisely campaign is to try and reduce the number of medicines that are wasted. Some of this waste can be reduced if people request their repeat prescriptions directly from the surgery, rather than allowing a community pharmacy to request prescriptions on their behalf. Nobody knows which medicines you are really running out of better than you (or your carer).