Syrupy success

The third winner of our AJP/RUM ‘Search for Australia’s Oldest Medicine’ campaign has been decided 

This amazing bottle of Mother Siegel’s Curative Syrup, returned to his pharmacy by a customer recently has earned a gong for Steve Lewis, of High Wycombe Pharmacy, WA.

Steve is the third winner of an APP conference registration as part of the AJP/RUM ‘Search for Australia’s Oldest Medicine’.

He says “This was returned to my pharmacy. I’ve no idea of the date unfortunately, it was well before expiry dates!”

“I found an advertisement in the Launceston Examiner on October 20 1879, but I don’t know how long it was on the market for”.

“The bottle is wrapped in a paper cover and inside with the bottle is an explanatory note, like an early version of a CMI! 

It’s amazing what people keep at home. and for such a long time too”.

There is one more winner yet to be decided – this will be announced on Saturday 14 October.

 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

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

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