A treasure from a medicine chest


RUM war medicine

The second winner of our ‘Search for Australia’s Oldest Medicine’ competition has been revealed

Pharmacist Roy Packer, from Super Pharmacy Plus in the Brisbane suburb of Stafford, sent us images of a most unusual item brought into his pharmacy.

He said: “I received this gem today for disposal. It’s from a World War 2 widows neighbour who cleaned out their medicines chest….”

It is a kit containing a series of medicines: “morphine, atropine, codeine and strychnine in various combinations. Cork stoppers and glass vials,” as Roy describes it.

“There’s no expiry date. Syringe and needle as part of kit. I imagine they would insert a tab into the vial, draw water and inject….”.

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

Click here to see the first winning entry

There are two more APP registrations to be awarded, so please send in any returned medicines you think are worthy of being entered. 

There are four APP 2018 conference registrations available, worth $780 each, 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. 

*Terms & conditions apply

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