Editor-in-Chief Hatice Kübra Elçioğlu Vice Editors Levent Kabasakal Esra Tatar Online ISSN 2630-6344 Publisher Marmara University Frequency Bimonthly (Six issues / year) Abbreviation J.Res.Pharm. Former Name Marmara Pharmaceutical Journal
Journal of Research in Pharmacy 2023 , Vol 27 , Issue 6
First national survey of medicine waste-minimizing ın Brunei Darussalam
Nur Umairah ALI HAZIS1,Nurolaini KIFLI1,Lah Kheng CHUA2,Muhammad Junaid FARRUKH3,Ganesh Sritheran PANEERSELVAM4,Long Chiau MING1
1PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, BE1410 Gadong, Brunei Darussalam
2Department of Pharmaceutical Services, Ministry of Health, BE 3119 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
3Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur 56000, Malaysia
4School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Medical Science, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya 47500, Malaysia
5School of Medical and Life Sciences, Sunway University, Sunway City 47500, Malaysia
DOI : 10.29228/jrp.524 Medicine wastage has become a concern to the nation due to the detrimental impacts that it brings to the economy and environment. Therefore, this study aims to provide an overview of the various waste-minimizing activities performed by government pharmacists and pharmacy technicians A descriptive, cross-sectional survey was conducted from February 2022 until April 2022. The data was collected through the snowball sampling method from the respondents via online platforms. A self-administered questionnaire consisting of 4 segments was used. A total of 76 pharmacy personnel participated in this study. More than half of the participants carried out a variety of activities to reduce medicine waste throughout the stages of the medicine supply chain. 40.8% of the participants reported that prescribers could adjust and optimize the prescribed doses for patients, and 30.3% reported pharmacists would counsel the physicians on efficient prescribing practice. The respondents considered activities in the dispensing stage, particularly those associated with the pharmacy organization, the most attainable to be executed as a regular practice, whereas approaches in the prescribing phase are the most important in minimizing medication waste. Conclusion: Overall, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have carried out a variety of activities to reduce medicine waste throughout the stages of the medicine supply chain, though other potential activities have yet to be undertaken in government pharmacies. The participants acknowledged the importance of the activities to reduce wastage; however, the feasibility of the interventions for implementation as a standard practice is still questioned. Keywords : Wastage; pharmacy; medicine; online questionnaire; sustainability; supply chain
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