[Pharmwaste] Two webinars on pharm waste

Kate Hagemann kate at productstewardship.us
Mon May 21 10:23:38 EDT 2012

Hi everyone, 

I just wanted to let folks know PSI will be hosting two other free webinars on pharmaceutical waste. More information and links to register are available at: http://www.productstewardship.us/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=897

All the best, 

Unused Medications: Just How Much Are We Throwing Away?
  Wednesday May 23rd, 1-2 pm (eastern time)

Overview: Estimates of the quantity of medications that go unused vary tremendously from 2% to 40%. This webinar will examine the question of quantity of medications that go unused and the associated costs. PSI will provide a review of existing literature and studies including estimates from the fields of public health, pharmaceutical waste management and data from existing drug take-backs. At this stage there is a paucity of comprehensive studies addressing this question and this review is intended to serve as a jumping off point for discussion about emerging research needs and potential methodologies for estimating the quantity of prescribed medications which go unused.


    Kate Hagemann, Associate of Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute
    Jeanie Jaramillo, Managing Director, Texas Panhandle Poison Center Director, Medication Cleanout Assistant Professor, Texas Tech UHSC School of Pharmacy
    Ed Gottlieb, Chair, Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal; Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility
    Stevan Gressitt, M.D., D.F.A.P.A., Faculty Associate, University of Maine Center on Aging, Academic Member, Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece, Founding Director, International Institute for Pharmaceutical Safety, University of New England, College of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Policies to Prevent Pharmaceutical Waste: Looking at Sample Waste
Monday June 4th, 1-2 PM (eastern time)

Overview:  Some pharmaceutical companies offer samples of their branded medications to physicians and clinics to distribute to patients.  Samples used by their expiry dates do not pose a waste problem and may even reduce waste by allowing patients to try a new medication that they receive in a small quantity before filling a full prescription.

Samples that expire onsite, however, must be managed as waste. This can be time consuming and expensive. In the worst cases, though this is not a common practice, pharmaceutical manufacturers have unloaded soon-to-expire samples onto clinics to avoid  managing the drugs as waste. This webinar will explore potential opportunities to reduce sample waste.

Presenters: Kate Hagemann, Associate for Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute

Expert Panelist: Catherine Zimmer, MS, BSMT, Industry Leader, Environmental and Regulatory, PSC Healthcare Services

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