The carbon footprint of depot prescribing

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Resource Description: 

This poster, (shown at the RCPsych Internation Congress, 2014) demonstrates the economic cost and carbon footprint associated with current patterns of prescribing long term Flupentixol Decanoate depot injections. Results suggest that over £500,000 could be saved across England by improving prescribing behavior which equates to over £500 per patient per year and as much as 190 tonnes of CO2e could be saved. Most of this carbon is attributable to the carbon footprint of the appointment; 109 tonnes CO2e (including energy use and materials used) and the over-prescribing of medication, 65 tonnes CO2e. 

Publication date: 

June, 2014

Resource type: 

  • case study
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