Consumer medicines disposal education needed

Pharmacists and other health professionals need to do more to educate consumers to safely dispose of unwanted medicines, in an environmentally sustainable way, experts believe.  

In a letter to the MJA, the Monash University medicines safety experts said while most community pharmacies now participated in the national Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) program, community awareness was not high.  

“The RUM program collects over 600 tonnes of medicines each year,” said the experts, who included RUM project manager, Simon Appel. “However, in the absence