We always used to put returned medicines to good use if it was appropriate

I appreciated the article ‘The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the government to allow medicines reuse: we must not waste this opportunity to counter our throwaway culture’ in the June 2020 issue of The Pharmaceutical Journal.

When I started work in retail pharmacy back in 1962, it was normal practice for patients to return any unused medicines — and, if appropriate, we reused them. I don’t recall any problems. Those were the days.


Cynthia McIntosh, retired pharmacist, Kent

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The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ July 2020, Vol 305, No 7939;305(7939):DOI:10.1211/PJ.2020.20208169

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