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close this bookGuidelines for safe disposal of unwanted pharmaceuticals in and after emergencies (WCC - ECHO - ICRC - IFRC - FIP - ISWA - MSF - UNHCR - Oxfam - PSF - UNICEF - UNDP - WHO/EDM, 1999, 36 p.)
close this folder1. Introduction
close this folder1.7 Steps to be taken
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View the documentDecision
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View the documentForming work teams
View the documentHealth and safety of work teams
View the documentSorting
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The objective of sorting is to separate the pharmaceuticals into separate categories for which different disposal methods are required. The separation should be made into those that can be safely used and returned to the pharmaceutical supply system and those that require disposal by different methods. For example, controlled drugs (e.g. narcotics), antineoplastic drugs and antibiotics all require special methods of disposal. Substantial investment in human resources may be required for identifying and separating pharmaceuticals.