Pharmaceutical Waste Management in Private Pharmacies of Kaski District, Nepal

Authors : Eknaran Paudel, Dr. Eunhwa Choi, Naveen Shrestha

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 8 - August

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The main aim of the study is to know the current status of pharmaceutical waste management and its practices in the community pharmacy of Kaski district. The study design was cross-sectional study. The study population was the pharmacist of Kaski district who were running the private community pharmacies. The sample size was 119 pharmacies. Out of 119 respondents, majorities (71.4%) were male, 79% were owner of their business, almost equal percentage were below and above median age(34years) and 45.4% pharmacy experience above median experience(10 years). About 95% were trained in pharmacy profession with mostly trained on diploma and Community Medical Auxiliaries (CMA and Orientation). Among all the respondents 59.6% had adequate knowledge and practices of pharmaceutical waste management. About 95.8% percent had PW collecting container but only 28.6% had use color coding and labeling system for segregation of pharmaceutical waste. The results showed that there was insufficient knowledge and practices of pharmaceutical waste management by the community pharmacists. The findings showed that knowledge on PWM had strong association with its practices.

Keywords : Pharmaceutical Waste Management, Pharmacy, Waste, Expired Medicines, Knowledge, Practices, Disposal, Nepal.


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