Your medicine cabinet can be a health hazard Most of the medicines in our medicine cabinet we need, but what about the yellow pills in a jar that’s lost its label, and the eye drops we have had for a longtime. And what was that Quivinrox B-Sulphamate for?
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Evidence over many years confirms that medicines “stored” in the home can be the source of poisonings of children, and the source of confusion with aged patients.
Accident and Emergency departments of major hospitals report alarming rates of poisonings of children due to household poisons (one in four admissions).
Aged patients are often confused by the variety of medicines previously prescribed and then superseded by subsequent medicines.
Medicines, and chemicals in general, can contaminate the environment when discarded via landfill sites and sewerage facilities.
The collection and disposal of unwanted medicines is consistent with the “Quality use of Medicines”
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The Website provides Protocols for the collection process for unwanted and out of date pharmaceuticals from consumers.
Pharmacists are urged to frequently review and confirm these Protocols for their pharmacy.
The Protocols are included in the QCPP Standards, and are confirmed as the appropriate procedures by the Australian Pharmacy Board.
Pharmacists are reminded of the professional responsibility to manage medications, including disposal of medications when required.