Disposal of unwanted medications: throw, bury, burn or just ignore?
Article first published online: 25 OCT 2012
© 2012 The Author. IJPP © 2012 Royal Pharmaceutical Society
International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 131–134, April 2013
How to Cite
Koshy, S. (2013), Disposal of unwanted medications: throw, bury, burn or just ignore?. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 21: 131–134. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-7174.2012.00249.x
- Issue published online: 6 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 25 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: 1 MAR 2012
- unwanted medications
The aim of this article is to highlight the relevance of proper disposal of unwanted medications.
Proper disposal of unwanted medications is a global issue. The consequences of improper disposal are a major concern, as it has negative consequences on both human health and the environment. Pharmacists are in a key position to ensure proper disposal and reduce the generation of unwanted medications.
There is urgent need for awareness on a global scale, among the public and healthcare professionals, of the importance of proper disposal of unwanted medications. Research is required to assess pharmacists' attitudes and methods used for disposal from pharmacies.