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Useful medicines down the drain

Posted Dec 12 2008 6:17pm

Useful medicines down the drain

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I recently saw a report on the news about what happens to left-over medicine at hospitals and care facilities once the patient no longer has use for the prescriptions. Sent back to the pharmacy…no. Recycled….no. In fact, the pills and other items are literally flushed down the toilet.

Here is the report from the CBS news affiliate in San Francisco.

Millions In Unused Pills Going Down The Drain

The report says that because there is no policy dictating the redistribution of such medicines, most facilities elect to flush them while millions of elderly and sick who can’t afford medication go without.

I plan to follow this story further and update this post. I’m hoping there is a petition or something in place to put a policy in place to get these kinds of medications to people who need them.

UPDATE:
I looked for other references to this issue and so far nothing. Unbelievable. I’ve submitted this to DIGG.com. If you have a Digg account or don’t mind creating one, be sure to go to this link.

Digg this article!

I recently saw a report on the news about what happens to left-over medicine at hospitals and care facilities once the patient no longer has use for the prescriptions. Sent back to the pharmacy…no. Recycled….no. In fact, the pills and other items are literally flushed down the toilet.

Here is the report from the CBS news affiliate in San Francisco.

Millions In Unused Pills Going Down The Drain

The report says that because there is no policy dictating the redistribution of such medicines, most facilities elect to flush them while millions of elderly and sick who can’t afford medication go without.

I plan to follow this story further and update this post. I’m hoping there is a petition or something in place to put a policy in place to get these kinds of medications to people who need them.

UPDATE:
I looked for other references to this issue and so far nothing. Unbelievable. I’ve submitted this to DIGG.com. If you have a Digg account or don’t mind creating one, be sure to go to this link.

Digg this article!

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