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Reasons why medicines are returned to Swedish pharmacies unused.

Ekedahl, Anders LU (2006) In PHARMACY WORLD & SCIENCE 28(6). p.352-358
Abstract
Objective: To identify the reasons and their relative importance why medicines are returned to Swedish pharmacies unused.

Setting: A random sample of the pharmacies in Sweden.

Method: Interviews using a semi-structered interview form with pharmacy customers returning unused medicines to the pharmacy.

Main outcome measure: Reasons given by patients/relatives/carers for returning unused medicines to the pharmacy.

Results: The four main reasons for returning unused medicines to the pharmacy were: (1) the medicines were too old, (2) the user had died, (3) there was no need for the medicine anymore, and (4) therapy changes. These reasons made up 75% of all reported reasons.

Conclusion: Hoarding or... (More)
Objective: To identify the reasons and their relative importance why medicines are returned to Swedish pharmacies unused.

Setting: A random sample of the pharmacies in Sweden.

Method: Interviews using a semi-structered interview form with pharmacy customers returning unused medicines to the pharmacy.

Main outcome measure: Reasons given by patients/relatives/carers for returning unused medicines to the pharmacy.

Results: The four main reasons for returning unused medicines to the pharmacy were: (1) the medicines were too old, (2) the user had died, (3) there was no need for the medicine anymore, and (4) therapy changes. These reasons made up 75% of all reported reasons.

Conclusion: Hoarding or over-supply of prescribed medicines may explain a large part of the volume of medicines that remain unused. Actions aiming to reduce waste of prescribed medicines ought to focus on those patients who contribute to a substantial part of all unused medicines. (Less)
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Drugs, Drug waste, Medicines, Pharmaceuticals, Pharmacies, Sweden, Unused medicines
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PHARMACY WORLD & SCIENCE
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28
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6
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352 - 358
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Springer
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0928-1231
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10.1007/s11096-006-9055-1
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English
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Setting: A random sample of the pharmacies in Sweden.<br/><br>
Method: Interviews using a semi-structered interview form with pharmacy customers returning unused medicines to the pharmacy.<br/><br>
Main outcome measure: Reasons given by patients/relatives/carers for returning unused medicines to the pharmacy.<br/><br>
Results: The four main reasons for returning unused medicines to the pharmacy were: (1) the medicines were too old, (2) the user had died, (3) there was no need for the medicine anymore, and (4) therapy changes. These reasons made up 75% of all reported reasons.<br/><br>
Conclusion: Hoarding or over-supply of prescribed medicines may explain a large part of the volume of medicines that remain unused. Actions aiming to reduce waste of prescribed medicines ought to focus on those patients who contribute to a substantial part of all unused medicines.},
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  title        = {Reasons why medicines are returned to Swedish pharmacies unused.},
  url          = {https://lup.lub.lu.se/search/ws/files/4677589/625848.pdf},
  doi          = {10.1007/s11096-006-9055-1},
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  year         = {2006},
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