A long time ago…..

Our first ‘Search for Australia’s Oldest Medicine’ competition winner is revealed 

Broken Hill Hany Aita is the first winner of an APP conference registration as part of our ‘Search for Australia’s Oldest Medicine’.

Hany sent us an image of two bottles of Nembutal sleeping capsule bottles that were returned by a patient for disposal at his Broken Hill Priceline Pharmacy.

The bottles were dispensed at the UFS Dispensary in Broken Hill in the mid 1960s (one on 11/7/1964, the other on 31/8/1965).

The next winner will be announced in our Saturday 9 September edition.

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.* 

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, to chris.brooker@appco.com.au

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. 

See below for a video of TV celebrity Natalie Barr explain how pharmacy’s help can promote the safe disposal of unwanted medicines.

*Terms & conditions apply


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1 Comment

  1. Bill Arnold

    Chris, sorry to disagree, but the turquoise capsules in the right hand bottle are not Nembutal. My memory says Tuinal. Nembutal were a smaller, yellow capsule. Nembutal had a moment of fame when it was announced that they were what Marilyn Monroe ended her life with. The copy catting which followed was one of the triggers for the convention that drugs used in suicides are no longer named; except details now seem to be appearing post autopsy. Tuinal were made by Lilley, and were a long acting barbiturate. They also made Seconal, a bright red capsule. They were two of the “dolls” that featured in the novel “The Valley of the Dolls.

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