Few pharmacies provide correct info on medication disposal

Few pharmacies provide correct info on medication disposal

(HealthDay)—Fewer than half of California pharmacies provide correct information about disposal of antibiotics and opioids, and few report take-back programs, according to a research letter published online Dec. 31 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Rachel E. Selekman, M.D., from the Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., and colleagues examined the information California pharmacies provide about proper disposal of unused and opioids. Four male and two female callers administered a survey following a written script to pharmacies, inquiring as a parent with leftover antibiotics and opioids from their child's surgery. A total of 898 pharmacies responded.

The researchers found that 47 percent of the pharmacies provided correct antibiotic and 19 percent provided correct disposal information; 29 percent provided correct information for both. Correct information for antibiotics was provided on a weekday and weekend call 49 and 15 percent of the time, respectively. Correct information for opioids was provided 20 and 7 percent of the time on a weekday and weekend call, respectively. Eleven percent of the pharmacies reported a program for antibiotic disposal and 11 percent reported a program for opioid disposal when directly queried about a take-back program at their location.

"Improving disposal practices will require a combined effort of strengthening education of patients and those advising patients as well as expanding disposal programs to ensure access," the authors write.


Explore further

Pharmacies leave customers hanging when it comes to disposing of antibiotics and opioids

More information: Abstract/Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Journal information: Annals of Internal Medicine

Copyright © 2019 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Few pharmacies provide correct info on medication disposal (2020, January 2) retrieved 27 October 2020 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-01-pharmacies-info-medication-disposal.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
2 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments