Expired or unused medication? Bring it to the pharmacy!
Medications aren’t like other products. Expired and unused medication can’t be treated the same way as other waste. In collaboration with the provinces, the pharmaceutical sector organizes and finances a selective collection of expired and unused medication so it can be disposed of safely. Your contribution to this process? Two simple and free steps: sort and return.
1. Keep an eye on your medicine cabinet: an important precaution for your health
Don’t keep any expired medication at home. Using expired medication is extremely dangerous. Also avoid saving medications that you no longer use. In the case of some prescriptions, your treatment does not require you to use up the entire bottle. Medicine prescribed by your doctor or recommended by your pharmacist for a specific situation can be unfit and even dangerous in other situations. Additionally, some medications have a limited shelf life after being opened. Keep all of these things in mind and get rid of any medication that you no longer use.
2. Bring expired or unused medication back to the pharmacy: a useful action for your own health and that of your loved ones
Due to the damage to the environment, it is forbidden to dispose of expired or unused medication in the toilet or sink. Even throwing it away in the trash is strongly discouraged (think of children and animals). That is why the pharmaceutical industry, drug wholesalers, and pharmacies have joined forces to collect and dispose of expired and unused medication. This system respects the environment and guarantees the efficiency, quality, and safety of the medication in your medicine cabinet.
The pharmacy collects returned medication in boxes reserved specifically for this purpose. The wholesalers collect these boxes, after which they are transported to approved facilities for disposal.
Attention: Expired or unused medication is not allowed to be brought to recycling centres. It must always be returned to the pharmacy. The pharmacy accepts it for free with the end purpose of disposing of it (the pharmaceutical sector assumes the costs for the disposal).