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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
View the document1.1 Background
Open this folder and view contents1.2 Prevention of waste from pharmaceutical donations
Open this folder and view contents1.3 The cost of disposal of waste pharmaceuticals
Open this folder and view contents1.4 Purpose of the guidelines
View the document1.5 Who will find the guidelines useful?
View the document1.6 Administrative aspects of writing-off unwanted pharmaceuticals
Open this folder and view contents1.7 Steps to be taken
View the document1.8 Consequences of improper disposal or non-disposal
View the document1.9 Public information

1.6 Administrative aspects of writing-off unwanted pharmaceuticals

Few countries have adequate administrative provisions for writing-off pharmaceutical stock. In the public sector drugs are the property of the state, for which strict accounting procedures are necessary. If procedures exist at all, they tend to be complicated and time-consuming, and in practice the disposal of expired stock is difficult. This applies both to drugs that are procured through the normal channels and to donated drugs.

Administrative and regulatory procedures concerning safe disposal of pharmaceuticals, that are in line with national drug and environment legislation, should be adopted and implemented in countries that receive drug donations.

Simplifying procedures in general would probably be the best solution. One approach would be to state that donated drugs are not entered into the government inventory or considered state property unless specifically accepted as such. In this case any drug that is not officially accepted can be destroyed without the need for governmental approval; however, correct disposal procedures must be followed. A further solution would be to establish special, simplified, administrative procedures for writing-off unwanted donations.