Storage and Disposal of Antibiotics

Correct storage of medicines such as antibiotics (and vaccines) will ensure best effect of these treatments. You  should store them:

  • In line with manufacturer’s guidance, given on labelling
  • Safely, with restricted access if required, to avoid unauthorised, accidental or incorrect use
  • Out of reach of children

Correct disposal prevents accidental use of antibiotics which are past their ‘use by’ date and thereby ineffective, prevents environmental contamination, so helping to minimise AMR

  • You should always complete an antibiotic course, but unused antibiotics should never be allowed into the environment or flushed down the toilet, rather you should return them to your vet
  • Always consult your vet on safe disposal of antibiotics, containers and sharps