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Attitudes and Practice Regarding Disposal for Unwanted Medications among Young Adults and Elderly People in China from an Ecopharmacovigilance Perspective

by 1,2, 1,2, 1,2, 1,2 and 1,2,*
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New Medicine Innovation and Development Institute, Department of Pharmacy, College of Medicine, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430065, China
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Hubei Province Key Laboratory of Occupational Hazard Identification and Control, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430065, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(8), 1463; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16081463
Received: 11 March 2019 / Revised: 19 April 2019 / Accepted: 24 April 2019 / Published: 25 April 2019
Due to the expensive cost and uncertain effectiveness of environmental management options in eliminating pharmaceutical residues, recently, decreasing the emission of pharmaceutical pollutants from a drug administration perspective has been considered a hot area of research. As a kind of drug administration for the environment, ecopharmacovigilance (EPV) emphasizes the source control of pharmaceutical pollutants. Disposal of unwanted medicines has been considered as the easiest target for source control of pharmaceutical contamination. Here, we focused on public attitudes and practice regarding disposal of unwanted medicines from the EPV perspective among 365 Chinese university young adults and 206 elderly retirement home residents. The results showed that the majority of respondents had positive attitudes, but exhibited inadequate awareness and poor practice. In addition, the young-adult respondents were found to pay more attention to the environmental problems posed by pharmaceutical residues, and be more supportive of the EPV intervention predominantly performed by pharmaceutical industries and pharmacists. Therefore, it is urgent to establish the standard medicine disposal protocols and educate the general public on the best way for medication disposal under the principle of EPV in China, and efforts on environmentally-preferred drug disposal under EPV should target for the specific demographics. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecopharmacovigilance; disposal of unwanted medicines; pharmaceutical; environment; young adults; elder people ecopharmacovigilance; disposal of unwanted medicines; pharmaceutical; environment; young adults; elder people
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Yu, X.; Hu, X.; Li, S.; Zhang, M.; Wang, J. Attitudes and Practice Regarding Disposal for Unwanted Medications among Young Adults and Elderly People in China from an Ecopharmacovigilance Perspective. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1463. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16081463

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Yu X, Hu X, Li S, Zhang M, Wang J. Attitudes and Practice Regarding Disposal for Unwanted Medications among Young Adults and Elderly People in China from an Ecopharmacovigilance Perspective. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(8):1463. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16081463

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Yu, Xiaotan, Xianmin Hu, Shulan Li, Mengya Zhang, and Jun Wang. 2019. "Attitudes and Practice Regarding Disposal for Unwanted Medications among Young Adults and Elderly People in China from an Ecopharmacovigilance Perspective" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 8: 1463. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16081463

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