Manitobans and their pharmacists help safely destroy 15 tonnes of unwanted medications

OTTAWA, May 9, 2017 /CNW/ - Some 335 pharmacists across Manitoba helped residents safely destroy 15 tonnes of unused or expired medications in 2016, says the Health Product Stewardship Association (HPSA) which manages the Manitoba Medications Return Program (MMRP).

"Our aim is to help Canadians easily dispose of their unwanted medications rather than throwing them down the toilet or into the garbage where they can damage the environment or endanger others," said Ginette Vanasse, Executive Director of HPSA, which has been managing these types of return programs in Canada for two decades.

"We understand parents' concern about keeping these medications around the house where they may be misused or endanger family members and pets. The Manitoba Medications Return Program is here for residents free of charge and taking advantage of it is as simple as dropping by to see your nearest pharmacist."

And, Manitobans are getting the message. Fifty-six per cent of Manitobans who disposed of their unwanted medications did so through their pharmacy last year, compared with 39 per cent increase in 2013, a recent survey by HPSA showed. Although pleased with the growing use of the medications return program by Manitobans, the HPSA knows it has more work to do. 

"Of those surveyed who used MMRP program last year, 93 per cent said they were satisfied with their overall experience," said Ms. Vanasse. "This speaks volumes for the 335 pharmacists involved in Manitoba. Their role and the trust they have earned with their customers is vital in helping Manitobans deal with household pharmaceutical waste in a safe and environmentally responsible manner."

The Health Products Stewardship Association is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association responsible for the safe management and disposal of unwanted medications and sharps devices. In addition to Manitoba, HPSA manages similar programs in British Columbia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island


SOURCE Health Products Stewardship Association (HPSA)

For further information: Reference: Ginette Vanasse, (613) 723-7282,


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