Should pharmacists be allowed to reuse medicines?

“If somebody leaves the pharmacy with their own medication and we can’t trust the integrity of the product in their hands, why would that medicine be OK for them [but not for someone else],” asks Donyai.”

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A recent article in The Pharmaceutical Journal recently questioned whether pharmacists should be allowed to reuse medicines and included comments by Dr. Donyai. Previous research by the department has shown that the public would be willing to reuse medications that are returned to pharmacies if their concerns are appropriately addressed¹.

Visit The Pharmaceutical Journal to read more about the feasibility of allowing medicines reuse. (The Pharmaceutical JournalDOI: 10.1211/PJ.2018.20205091)

¹Alhamad H, Patel N & Donyai P. Beliefs and intentions towards reusing medicines in the future: a large‐scale, cross‐sectional study of patients in the UK. Int J Pharm Pract 2018; 26 (suppl 1):12. doi: 10.1111/ijpp.12442).