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Old Medicines

Volume 177: debated on Monday 23 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage the public to return old and unwanted medicines.

Old and unwanted medicines are collected regularly by pharmacies, even in the absence of locally organised DUMP—disposal of unwanted medicines and pills—campaigns.The Department supports the role of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and local environmental health and district health authorities in organising, publicising and disposing of returned medicines from DUMP campaigns, and in educating the public to dispose of medicines safely.