Medicine storage and disposal
To prevent accidental poisonings, store all medicines out of sight and out of reach reach of children.
- Store medicines correctly so they don’t “go off” and lose their effectiveness. Store medicines in a dry, cool place – don’t store medicines on a windowsill, in the glove box of the car or in the bathroom.
- Some medicines must be stored in a fridge – it will say this on the label. Only keep medicines in the fridge if you are told to.
- Don’t put medicines in the freezer.
- Always keep medicines in their original container, and don’t remove the label.
Getting rid of old medicines
- Don’t keep old medicines because you think you may need them in the future.
- Don’t throw medicines in the rubbish or flush them down the toilet.
- Return any unused medicines (including medicines that are past their expiry date) to your pharmacist for safe disposal.
Last updated: 2 November 2015