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From dispensing to disposal: the role of student pharmacists in medication disposal and the implementation of a take-back program.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20833620     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVES: To decrease the amount of pharmaceuticals present in our community's water supply, reduce the accidental and intentional ingestion of pharmaceuticals, and increase awareness of proper medication disposal.
SETTING: Knoxville, TN, from November 2008 to November 2009.
PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Medication and thermometer collection events were held at various community retail establishments. Community officials and students collaborated to plan advertising, implementation, and appropriate medication and thermometer disposal. Event volunteers set up easily accessible tents and tables in high-traffic areas to collect unused medications, mercury thermometers, and recyclable medication bottles.
PRACTICE INNOVATION: Student pharmacists worked cooperatively with community partners to collect unused medications and exchange thermometers.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Pounds of recyclables collected, pounds of medications collected, and number of thermometers exchanged.
RESULTS: The events increased community awareness of appropriate medication disposal and pharmacists' roles in safe use of medications. From November 2008 to November 2009, more than 1,100 pounds of unwanted medications were collected through events and the drop box. Additionally, more than 470 pounds of recyclable packaging material was collected and 535 mercury thermometers exchanged.
CONCLUSION: Student pharmacists can partner with community officials and businesses to provide safe and appropriate medication and mercury thermometer disposal.
Misty D Gray-Winnett; Courtney S Davis; Stephanie G Yokley; Andrea S Franks
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Pharmacists Association : JAPhA     Volume:  50     ISSN:  1544-3450     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Pharm Assoc (2003)     Publication Date:    2010 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101176252     Medline TA:  J Am Pharm Assoc (2003)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  613-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 37920, USA.
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