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Private medical cover holders advised to throw away old medicines

Published on 23/12/2010
Out-of-date medicines should be thrown away and not used again, private medical cover holders have been advised.

According to a survey by Panadol Advance, 21 per cent of people only clear out their medicine cabinets once every five years or less, while nine per cent never clear out their shelves and a fifth are content to take medicines that have passed their use-by date.

Furthermore, the problem is not only confined to over-the-counter medicines but also prescriptions, with 20 per cent of respondents keeping leftover prescription medicines in case they need them for different complaints in the future.

Commenting on the survey, Dr Andrew Dowson, a headache specialist and former full-time GP, said: "While it may be tempting to remain faithful to the same bottle of medicine or packet of pills you've had for years, it's worth remembering that they may not help you feel any better.

"Once past their use-by-date, medications can lose their efficacy and there is no guarantee that they are still safe."

It follows a recent report from consumer watchdog Which?, which found that the mislabelling of vitamin pills coupled with misleading or insufficient information means that many people may be taking them unnecessarily or even harming their health by doing so.
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