Threats posed by stockpiles of expired pharmaceuticals in low- and middle-income countries: a Ugandan perspective

by Pakoyo Fadhiru Kamba, Munanura Edson Ireeta, Sulah Balikuna et al.
Bull World Health Organ 2017;95:594–598

5 pp. 370 kB
http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/95/8/16-186650.pdf

In some low- and middle-income countries, the national stores and public-sector health facilities contain large stocks of pharmaceuticals that are past their expiry dates. In low-income countries like Uganda, many such stockpiles are the result of donations. If not adequately monitored or regulated, expired pharmaceuticals may be repackaged and sold as counterfeits or be dumped without any thought of the potential environmental damage. The rates of pharmaceutical expiry in the supply chain need to be reduced and the disposal of expired pharmaceuticals needs to be made both timely and safe.

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