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For What: 

Social & environmental Responsibility platform!

The pharmaceutical waste includes expired products, dispensed drugs that are unwanted or discontinued, and contaminated medica­ tions. When drugs are prescribed prophy­ lactically or in response to an acute or chronic illness, only a portion of the active ingredient of the drug is metabolized. The non­metabolized parent compound, as well as the metabolites, enters the natural aquatic environment through waste discharges into receiving streams, which may pollute rec­ reational lakes or even the intakes of drink­ ing water treatment plants.

APIs (Active pharmaceuticals ingredients) eventually find their way into sur­ face waters, ground waters, drinking waters, marine environments, sewage sludge and bio­solids, tissues of animals, and food chains. APIs affect both the abiotic and biotic systems. Drug usage in both the human and veterinary population is escalating day by day.

In recognition to a report published in the Washington Times, samples of wastewater were collected from indus­ trial areas in south India, where about majority of Indian drug factories dump their residues. It was found that enough of a single, powerful antibiotic like ciprofloxacin was being discharged 45kg per day and also antibiotics lomiflxacin, oflxacin, norfloxacin, etc were detected at levels which are toxic even to plants and algae. Waste water downstream from the Indian plants contained 150 times highest levels than those detected in the United States of America.

India the physician samples which are given by companies to medical representatives for sales pro­ motion purpose; Many times we read in local news­ paper that such expired/unused drug products found across road side.

Improper disposal may be hazardous if it leads to con­ tamination of water supplies or local sources used by nearby communities or wildlife. 

 India is reportedly breeding ground for most of multi­drug resistant microbes due to extensive usage and improper disposal of pharmaceutical drugs into the environment.

The cost of drug disposal is higher than manufacturing and most of the people in Asian countries dump the waste materials in the earth, which is not good when considering the future. The cost of pharmaceutical waste disposal by high temperature incineration; in US cost, between $4.4 million and $8.2 million. In India, cost of such disposal is about 0.5 % to 2% of the total sales. Environmental hazards are responsible for an estimated 25% of the total burden of disease worldwide, and nearly 35% in regions such as Sub­Saha­ ran Africa. An extensive research project investigated a total of 123,761 incidents of measured environmental concentrations of pharmaceuticals around the world. It is evident that ever­increasing use of pharmaceuticals in clinical and veterinary practice can have adverse influ­ ence on the environment.

Community drug take­back programs that allow the public to bring unused drugs to a central Location for proper disposal.

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Earn income while saving lives and cleaning the world! 

All multidisciplinary stake hold­ers, government, NGOs, physician, pharmacist, patient, and public should work together hand in hand to reduce burden of unused and expired medicine on ecosystem. Proper waste management strategy is needed to ensure health and environmental safety.


Social and environmental challenges need better solutions!

Medication disposal is alarming issue today and gain­ ing more and more awareness from the healthcare professionals as well as consumers. Pharmacist has the potential to be on the forefront of this movement as healthcare professional and pharmacist are in admirable position to educate patient about safe drugs disposal. Proper patient counselling on safe medication disposal can make a significant difference to public health and environment. A practical approach should be there to incorporate this important issue in the curriculum as the need of the hour. Also establishment of cost­effective and acceptable government­run collection and disposal systems is necessary. There should be some norms and stringent guidelines for same. Careful and proper disposal of medications can help to decrease environ­ mental load of drugs. 

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