VANCOUVER, Jan. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - The BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) and
Metro Vancouver have joined forces once again to urge members of the
public to make a New Year's resolution to bring their unused
medications back to their local pharmacy.
Old and expired medications are potentially harmful if they are
swallowed by children or pets. Medications also need to be carefully
disposed of so they do not contaminate the environment.
"The good news is that more people than ever are taking their unused
medications back to their pharmacy," said Metro Vancouver Board Chair
Greg Moore. "Our hope is that, by continuing to work with the region's
pharmacists, we can make even more people aware of how easy it is to
have unused medications disposed of safely."
Parkash Ragsdale, Deputy CEO of BCPhA, said, "Community pharmacists are
in the ideal position to promote safe medication returns and have been
helping to protect both their patients and the environment for many
"For 2012, we're encouraging the public to make it their resolution to
return their unused medications to their pharmacy."
British Columbians can return expired or unused medications to
pharmacies across the province at no cost.
According to the Post Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association,
consumers are returning increasing quantities of unused medications to
pharmacies in the Metro Vancouver region. In 2008, before the BC
Pharmacy Association and Metro Vancouver launched a public awareness
campaign, less than 18,000 kilograms of medications were returned to
pharmacies in the region. In 2010, consumers returned 29,791 kilograms
More than 375 pharmacies are involved in this year's medication returns
campaign. Further information about returning unused medications to
pharmacies can be found at www.medicationsreturn.ca.
The British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) is a not-for-profit,
voluntary, professional association of pharmacists and pharmacies. It
represents more than 2,600 pharmacists and 800 pharmacies throughout
Metro Vancouver delivers regional services, planning and political
leadership on behalf of 24 local authorities. MetroVancouverRecycles.org is an online guide to more than 1,400 locations in the region where you
can donate, recycle or appropriately dispose of those items you no
SOURCE British Columbia Pharmacy Association
For further information:
To interview a pharmacist in the Metro Vancouver area, please contact Elise Riedlinger, BCPhA: 604.269.2866 / firstname.lastname@example.org
To interview a Metro Vancouver spokesperson, please contact Glenn Bohn, communications specialist, 604-451-6697 office, 604-314-5964 mobile. Glenn.Bohn@metrovancouver.org