Department of Law

“Homemade”: The Vicious Circle of Household Pharmaceutical Waste

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Pharmaceutical science has provided humans with better and cheaper treatments. However, with improved access to medicines, the amount of pharmaceutical waste also grows. Pharmaceutical waste is regularly mismanaged by households, which is considerably and unnecessarily adding to the "pharmaceuticals in the environment" problem. Redesigning existing pharmaceutical takeback schemes and their regulation is a potential step towards a reduction of the problem. Interdisciplinary research between the fields of psychology, law, public health and medical science is necessary to tackle the issue and to design effective regulation steering responsible patient behaviours.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Risk Regulation
Volume11
Issue3
Pages (from-to)693-697
Number of pages5
ISSN1867-299X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

    Research areas

  • SDGCircularEconomy

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