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Last year I had a cosmetic surgery done and received a lot of medication from my doctor, mainly painkillers. I have not even used more than half because the pain of the operation was not too bad. Well my question is can I sell leftover medication somewhere? or is that not allowed? I think it's a shame to throw it away mainly because I really paid a lot for it.
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Old 14.04.2019, 18:49
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No.

You need to toss it.

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Old 14.04.2019, 18:54
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Re: sell remaining medicines ?

There are organisations which collect medicines, also stuff past expiry date, and provide it to 3rd world countries/regions.

Ask your MD.
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Re: sell remaining medicines ?

Or take it to a pharmacy, they will take care of it.
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Old 14.04.2019, 20:17
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There are organisations which collect medicines, also stuff past expiry date, and provide it to 3rd world countries/regions.

Ask your MD.
Yep, I knew a doctor in Glattbrugg who did that.
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Old 15.04.2019, 08:13
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Hello everyone,
Last year I had a cosmetic surgery done and received a lot of medication from my doctor, mainly painkillers. I have not even used more than half because the pain of the operation was not too bad. Well my question is can I sell leftover medication somewhere? or is that not allowed? I think it's a shame to throw it away mainly because I really paid a lot for it.
Any opioids amongst them?
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Old 15.04.2019, 08:25
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There are organisations which collect medicines, also stuff past expiry date, and provide it to 3rd world countries/regions.

Ask your MD.
The problem with stuff past the expiry date is whether it is still working as it should be, within defined parameters. My brother-in-law is a hospital pharmacist and is horrified with the idea of old medicine being shipped to the 3rd world.
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Old 15.04.2019, 08:27
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The problem with stuff past the expiry date is whether it is still working as it should be, within defined parameters.
One can also dump it ( in a plastic bag ) in the normal garbage. It will be burnt anyhow
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The problem with stuff past the expiry date is whether it is still working as it should be, within defined parameters. My brother-in-law is a hospital pharmacist and is horrified with the idea of old medicine being shipped to the 3rd world.
Of course it would need to be controlled, but the vast majority of pills will remain perfectly good almost indefinitely, especially if they're in bubble packs. Bottled tablets have a higher chance of physical degradation, so the coloured/flavoured/protective coating may be damaged, but even then the efficacy will not normally be affected.
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Old 15.04.2019, 10:12
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The problem with stuff past the expiry date is whether it is still working as it should be, within defined parameters. My brother-in-law is a hospital pharmacist and is horrified with the idea of old medicine being shipped to the 3rd world.
Even when it's a choice between old or nothing?

A woman I used to work with has been collecting medications which are end of life from doctors in Zurich since the '90s. They would otherwise throw out most of what they carry in their emergency cases. The reserve they keep in their practice is a bit easier to manage.
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Re: sell remaining medicines ?

The OP might find this article of interest:
https://www.20min.ch/schweiz/bern/st...enten-14849777

Specifically this bit:
Was eigentlich gut gemeint ist, ist allerdings illegal: «Rezeptpflichtige Medikamente via soziale Medien an andere weiterzugeben ist laut Heilmittelgesetzt ganz klar verboten», sagt Ruth Mosimann vom Schweizerischen Heilmittelinstitut Swissmedic gegenüber Radio Bern 1. Es handle sich dabei um ein abstraktes Gefährdungsdelikt – bei Widerhandlungen drohten Gefängnis oder Bussen bis zu 200'000 Franken, erklärt die Berner Rechtsanwältin Simona Liechti.

So to the original question: Nope.

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As to disposal, be aware that some Apotheke have recently instituted a small disposal charge. Mine charges CHF 5 to take in and dispose of old medicines. That CHF 5 covers what seems IME to be per hand-in, not per Rx, as I recently turned in about a dozen boxes/bottles of unused meds and was only charged CHF 5 total.YMMV, ask your Apotheke for their current policy.
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Old 15.04.2019, 10:48
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Even when it's a choice between old or nothing
That's what I said, but he's adamantly opposed.
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As to disposal, be aware that some Apotheke have recently instituted a small disposal charge. Mine charges CHF 5 to take in and dispose of old medicines. That CHF 5 covers what seems IME to be per hand-in, not per Rx, as I recently turned in about a dozen boxes/bottles of unused meds and was only charged CHF 5 total.YMMV, ask your Apotheke for their current policy.
Mine won't take the boxes/bottles, they have to be the blister packs or loose pills, suggesting that they are not to be reused, but to be incinerated.
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Old 15.04.2019, 11:28
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The problem with stuff past the expiry date is whether it is still working as it should be, within defined parameters. My brother-in-law is a hospital pharmacist and is horrified with the idea of old medicine being shipped to the 3rd world.

Every pharmacist I know is paranoid about the expiry dates on medicine, but the science says otherwise: https://www.health.harvard.edu/stayi...-mean-anything


These are the same pharmacists who will happily sell homeopathy. I sometimes wonder if they left the 'science' part of the curriculum out when these guys went to school...
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Every pharmacist I know is paranoid about the expiry dates on medicine, but the science says otherwise: https://www.health.harvard.edu/stayi...-mean-anything

These are the same pharmacists who will happily sell homeopathy. I sometimes wonder if they left the 'science' part of the curriculum out when these guys went to school...

Never let science interfere with a good margin of profit
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Old 15.04.2019, 11:59
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Every pharmacist I know is paranoid about the expiry dates on medicine, but the science says otherwise: https://www.health.harvard.edu/stayi...-mean-anything
I don't think the pharmacists should be left to decide whether a medicine will still be ok after the expiry date has passed. Can you imagine the outcry if something did happen and the pills didn't work as they should and/or did harm?

Also, the pharmacist has no idea how the medication was stored. It could have been in full sunlight or left somewhere damp. Some meds have to be stored in a fridge, for example.

I guess it's just not worth the risk.

Having said that, our local pharmacy told us that certain stuff, if unopened, was still ok to use (antiseptic creams and other topical meds) but advised us to bin any oral meds.
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Old 15.04.2019, 12:12
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Every pharmacist I know is paranoid about the expiry dates on medicine, but the science says otherwise: https://www.health.harvard.edu/stayi...-mean-anything


These are the same pharmacists who will happily sell homeopathy. I sometimes wonder if they left the 'science' part of the curriculum out when these guys went to school...
I think pharmacists here should as they get payed by insurances they might as well deliver "fresh" goods.

My doctor agrees with science and he's right. Due to my 25 years of suffering from a whiplash I always had huge packs of painkillers. The whiplash has finally healed and I'm sitting on painkillers expired September 2017. The few times I need one now (to kill other pains) they work wonderfully, just as my doctor predicted.

The little I need painkillers now, they will last until 2037 probably - I'll report back on their effect

Stuff that contains fluids (ointments, syrup) and once opened I would probably feel differently about.
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Hello everyone,
Last year I had a cosmetic surgery done and received a lot of medication from my doctor, mainly painkillers. I have not even used more than half because the pain of the operation was not too bad. Well my question is can I sell leftover medication somewhere? or is that not allowed? I think it's a shame to throw it away mainly because I really paid a lot for it.

If these are prescription only medications then surely it would be illegal to sell them ??

Secondly, the main reason why pharmacists get take medications back into stock and why you shouldn't accept medications from other people is because you know that they have been kept in proper storage conditions and some medications degrade very rapidly when they go outside of the recommended storage parameters.
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Re: sell remaining medicines ?

Last year in January I bought a box of capsule medicines against cough, especially at night. It's the only month I used it and this week I decided to take it to a pharmacy in Birmensdorf ZH, as it will expire only next year. I kept it away from light, heat and sun. They accepted it but did not charge me.
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That's what I said, but he's adamantly opposed.
I have the utmost respect for your brother-in-law. I wouldn't dream of buying "second-hand" medicine!
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