Reduce the use of blister packs for tablets

Reduce the use of blister packs for tablets

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Sally Thomas started this petition to Matt Hancock: and

Blister packs cannot be recycled.  Two months of tablets, for me, come in 35 blister packs per box. They ALL fill one tiny (7cm x 6cm x 5cm) "Really Useful Box" and then half fill another.  The waste is ridiculous.  Also consider the tiny hayfever tablets, 7 of which are often packed in blister packs 8cm by 6.5 cm.

It obviously depends on the firm how closely packed the tablets are;  for example, the pharmaceutical company that supply Morrisons' ibuprofen provide tablets that are closely packed together in the blister pack. 

There has been a concern about cross-contamination between bottles but the responsibility must be taken by companies and those that work in that sphere.  With our current concerns about the environment, surely this overuse of packaging can be addressed.  Also, wouldn't a reduction in packaging reduce the cost of the medication.  What would be the knock on effect to the cost of prescriptions for individuals, and the costs of medications for the NHS? Returning to bottles (in a cardboard box containing instructions if necessary), even if single use only bottles, would be far less bulky;  if they could be made of recyclable plastic, all the better.

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