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Translated title of the contribution: Reducing medication waste; a challenge for care providers and society

C L Bekker, B J F van den Bemt, H Gardarsdottir, A C G Egberts, M L Bouvy

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Annually, in the Netherlands, at least 100 million euro is wasted on unused medication. This waste not only has considerable economic implications, but is also associated with an unnecessary burden on the environment and suboptimal care due to nonadherence to therapy. The reasons for medication wastage can be found throughout the entire pharmaceutical supply and use chain, which includes manufacturers, distributors/wholesalers, prescribers, pharmacists and patients, both in the community and hospital setting. A number of strategies are needed to minimize the waste of medication, one of which should be a preventative approach. Involvement of all stakeholders in the supply chain is a prerequisite for a successful outcome. It is important that prescribers are aware of the extent and consequences of wastage, and of the possible ways to reduce it.

Translated title of the contributionReducing medication waste; a challenge for care providers and society
Original languageDutch
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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