Get rid of it!

We’ve already had some fantastic entries in our ‘Search for Australia’s Oldest Medicines’ competition

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’.

Among those we’ve got so far are the image (see below) sent by Alex Kramm, Pharmacist Manager of Star Discount Chemist, Smithfield, NSW of a 1987 bottle of Hibiclens antiseptic skin cleanser. 

And one of the oldest entries to date are these Nembutal sleeping capsule bottles dispensed at Broken Hill in the mid 1960s, and sent to us by Broken Hill pharmacist Hany Aita. (see main image)

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.*    

There are 3 ways pharmacy can enter the AJP and RUM ‘Search for Australia’s Oldest Medicines’ competition and share the image of the oldest medicine they collect during the competition period: 

  • Upload the image to the AJP Facebook page;
  • Post the image to their own Facebook page, tagging @AustralianJournalofPharmacy; or
  • Email the image, along with your pharmacy name and contact details

Be sure to include the medicine’s expiry date in the image, and take care to conceal / protect any personal details on the medicine label.

Most importantly, once you have uploaded / posted / emailed AJP an image of the oldest medicine collected, place it in the pharmacy’s RUM bin for safe disposal

The winning pharmacies, along with images of the oldest medicines collected, will be announced on the AJP website during the competition period. Pharmacies can enter as many times as they like during the competition period.

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NOTICE: It can sometimes take awhile for comment submissions to go through, please be patient.

1 Comment

  1. Kishor Manani

    We have an interesting collection of by-gone era products, both dispensed medicines and OTC lines. Can anyone advise/recall when the date of dispensing was legally required on the label, as some items returned just have a book reference, which may pre-date 1965

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