Disposal of damaged meds due to flooding, power outages

With recent flooding wreaking havoc in NSW and Qld, RUM reminds pharmacists to be wary of damaged stock

Over the past week many pharmacies have been devastated by the floods in affected areas.

With damaged stock due to flooding and/or power outages, the National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project reminds consumers and pharmacists to be aware of the best options for disposing of these medicines correctly and safely.

The unsafe storage and consumption of damaged, unwanted and expired medication can be a dangerous health hazard to customers, pharmacies and the environment, the organisation says.

Meanwhile, RUM provides bins nationally to help assist in disposing of damaged medicines correctly.

Toni Riley, Project Officer for the RUM Project, assures pharmacists that there are plentiful supplies of RUM bins with API, Sigma and Symbion.

“We are keen to ensure that everyone has access to sufficient RUM bins and pharmacists just need to contact their wholesalers to get further supplies,” she says.

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