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Unused and Expired Medicines: Investigating the Knowledge and Practice of General Community


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Author list: Abdulmajeed M MOBRAD, Fazil AHMAD, Suha Al SALEH, Aidah Abdul Aziz Al RAMMAH, Wajid SYED and Sana SAMREEN
Publisher: College of Pharmacists of Buenos Aires Province, Argentina.
Publication year: 2020
Journal: Latin American Journal of Pharmacy
Volume number: 39
Issue number: 3
Start page: 526
End page: 531
Number of pages: 6
ISSN: 0326-2383
Web of Science ID: 000523190000014
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Scopus ID: 85081277119
eISSN: 2362-3853


In this study, we assessed the general population’s medicines disposal practices in Telangana,
India. A cross-sectional survey was conducted using a structured self-administered questionnaire over a 3-
month in 2019. A total of 163 individuals took the survey. Of them, two-thirds were male (65.4%). The
majority (84.3%) reported they purchased medicines using prescriptions. Approximately, 82%, 66.5%,
and 8.1% of the respondents used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics. Further, most respondents
(88.2%) checked the expiry dates of medicines before purchasing. The majority (57.5%) kept
unused medicines at home until expiry, and approximately two-thirds (74.35%) disposed expired
medicines in the household garbage. Our study shows that the majority of the people surveyed kept unused
medicines at home. Therefore, there is a need to create awareness about safe drug disposal and the
public health and environmental risks associated with inadequate drug disposal methods.


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