A blast from the past

very old penicillin from RUM

Amazing examples of medicinal history emerged as part of the RUM ‘Search for Australia’s Oldest Medicine’ campaign

Pharmacists have been presented some incredible examples of unused and unwanted medicines as part of the RUM/AJP campaign to safely identify and dispose of unused and out-of-date medicines.

Among the recent examples are a very early box of penicillin. The faded expiry date reads April 1945! —not long after public supply of the medicine began.

The penicillin was sent in by Canberra pharmacist Bill Arnold, who said the box contained a dry powder.

“By our standards a very low dose, but no resistance?”

very old Beale's soap from RUM

Meanwhile, Elise Apolloni from Capital Chemist Waniassa has had a 1959 bar of Beals Clinical Soap brought in to her pharmacy for disposal.

She also shared with the AJP the return of a First World War-era field dressing.

To encourage pharmacy to support the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) new consumer campaign, AJP has teamed up with RUM to ‘Search for Australia’s Oldest Medicines’.

Each fortnight during August and September, the pharmacy that collects the oldest medicine from a customer will WIN one (1) APP 2018 conference registration, worth $780, for the pharmacist / pharmacy assistant of their choice to attend.

dressing from RUM


Click here for more information on entering the competition.


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