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  • Approximately 250,000 Australians are admitted to hospital every year because of problems associated with the use of medicines.
  • Some of reasons include taking medicines incorrectly, combining them with alcohol or using medicines prescribed for someone else.
  • Make sure your doctor and other health professionals know about every medicine you take, including prescription, non-prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and complementary medicines such as vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements.
  • Keep all medicines out of children’s reach.
  • Dispose of unwanted or out-of-date medicines by returning them to your local pharmacy – never give any of your medicines to other people.

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Reviewed on: 20-07-2021