One of the main concerns with plastic in medicine bottles is the potential for chemical leaching. Some plastics, especially those made with polyethylene terephthalate (PET), can release small amounts of chemicals known as plasticizers into the contents of the bottle. These chemicals can potentially interact with the medication, reducing its effectiveness or even causing harm.

Another concern is that plastic bottles can become brittle over time, especially if exposed to heat or sunlight. This can increase the risk of the bottle breaking, which can be dangerous if the medication is ingested.

However, it's important to note that many companies, including Cabinet Health, are taking steps to address these concerns by using safer, more sustainable materials in their medicine bottles. For example, Cabinet Health's reusable medicine bottles are made from glass. Additionally, Cabinet Health's medicine bottles have gone through extensive shatter-testing and are designed to be quite durable.

Plastic medicine bottles have been the go-to packaging for prescription and over-the-counter drugs for decades. But as concerns about plastic waste and its impact on the environment continue to grow, some people are starting to wonder if the plastic in these bottles is harmful to our health as well.

First of all, it's important to note that the plastic used in medicine bottles is generally considered safe for human use. The bottles are made from a type of plastic called polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is a strong and lightweight material that is resistant to breaking and leaking. PET is also considered to be a "food-grade" material, which means that it is safe to come into contact with food and drugs.

That being said, it's important to note that plastic bottles, including those used for medicine, can become contaminated if they are not properly cleaned or stored. For example, if a bottle is left in a hot car, chemicals from the plastic can leach into the medicine inside. It's also possible for bacteria to grow inside a bottle if it is not properly cleaned or stored. Most studies on contamination and leeching has been done on plastic water bottles, not much information exists for plastic prescription bottles.

So, what can you do to ensure that your medicine bottles are safe to use? One option is to choose alternative packaging options like glass or metal. Cabinet Health offers a line of reusable glass medicine bottles, which are perfect for keeping your medication safe, fresh and free from contamination. They are made from high-quality borosilicate glass, which is resistant to thermal shock and can be sterilized for reuse. They are also eco-friendly, and can be recycled.

Another option is to properly clean and store your plastic medicine bottles. Make sure to wash the bottles with warm soapy water before using them, and always keep them in a cool, dry place. Additionally, be sure to dispose of your plastic medicine bottles properly to reduce the risk of them ending up in the environment. Contact your local pharmacy or waste facility for more information.

With Cabinet, you can get all of your meds in eco-friendly, stackable bottles. Cabinet sells high quality, batch-level tested over-the-counter medicines—and you can now get certain prescriptions filled with us as well. By helping you get the medicines you need in packaging that doesn’t contribute to plastic pollution, Cabinet offers a meaningful upgrade for your household essentials.