Most of us store medicines at home, but how often do we check the expiry dates and have a clear out?
Our recent survey results revealed that one third of us have a clear out less than once per year, 7% confessing to never doing this!
Old medicines present a risk of being unsafe if taken passed their expiry date.
Here’s Sam Preston’s, LloydsPharmacy Pharmacist, top tips on how to safely dispose of those old and unwanted medicines!
CHECK EXPIRY DATES
Always check the expiry date on medicines; many medicines become ineffective when they pass their expiry date which can be a risk to health. They could also do harm if they are taken by someone they were not intended for.
CLEAR OUT YOUR MEDICINES CABINET EVERY SIX MONTHS
It is advisable to check your medicine supplies at least every six months to ensure that you only store those that are in date and still needed, particularly if you take regular prescription or multiple medicines.
DON’T THROW MEDS IN THE BIN, DOWN THE SINK OR LOO!
Throwing medicines away incorrectly such as in the bin could lead to them being found by children or those that they are not intended for. Flushing meds down the loo or pouring them down the sink poses risks to the environment.
TAKE OLD OR UNWANTED MEDS TO PHARMACY
Medicines that are no longer needed, out of date or damaged should be taken to your local pharmacy for safe disposal