Pharmacy medicines that have passed the expiry date are not only likely to be less effective, they have the potential to be dangerous to you or others. Old medicines become a hazard over time because it can be difficult to remember who or what they were intended for. This is especially important for aged patients and those who are on multiple medicines. Worse still, once forgotten about, they can be picked up by children and taken accidently.
But disposing of medicine safely isn’t as easy as putting them in the bin, or flushing them down the toilet. To protect the environment and others around you, the chemicals in medicines should be disposed of properly. Luckily, community pharmacies can safely dispose of old medicines for you. Just remember to bring them with you on your next visit and give them to the pharmacist. We bet you’ll feel a whole safer for it!
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