Pharmacist scanning medicine bottle with barcode scanner in pharmacy
Most pharmacies set aside space to collect expired drugs waiting to be returned. In our experience all pharmacies have the same goals for safeguarding their waiting pharmaceutical returns.
A. To ensure that expired or unsaleable products don’t get put back into saleable inventory
B. To account for and secure expired products so they don’t fall victim to theft or diversion
Naturally, to meet these goals, each pharmacy develops their own internal inventory protocols. Some pharmacies secure both controlled and noncontrolled drugs being held for return in a locked area separate from regular pharmacy inventory. Some have a bin in which they place their returns; sometimes the bin is locked but often it is open for convenience of dropping in expired returns. The bin may be in a back room or even attached to a wall surface. Read more >