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Do not reuse methadone carry bottles

January 11, 2011

It has come to ACP’s attention that several pharmacies are reusing bottles for methadone carries. This is not an acceptable practice. Pharmacists are required by Standard 6.2 of the Standards for Pharmacist Practice to ensure that the dispensing procedure is hygienic and prevents cross contamination.

ACP Practice Consultants have also observed that when bottles are being reused, pharmacists are often just placing the current label over the previous label(s). Again, this is unacceptable, even if for the same patient.