$2m of subsidised medicines in incinerator

TAXPAYERS are spending more than $2 million a year on PBS-subsidised medications that end up in an incinerator, an audit has found.

 An article in Australian Prescriber describes the findings of a Monash University audit of the National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines program, known as the RUM project.

 RUM was established by the government in 1998 to facilitate safe disposal of medications. Most of Australia’s 6000 community pharmacies participate, the Monash Faculty of Pharmacy academics write.

 Their audit of 686 RUM disposal bins in 2013 reveals about 70% of discarded