The redistribution of medicines: could it become a reality?
Aims and objectives
Prescription medicines that are returned unused to pharmacies in the United Kingdom (UK) cannot be supplied (or redistributed) to other patients. The aim of the study was to investigate whether or not consensus could be achieved between pharmacists on the barriers and potential solutions they perceive towards the redistribution of returned medicines.
A two-round electronic modified Delphi study was employed. Statements were generated following qualitative interviews (n = 29) with doctors, nurses and pharmacists from primary and secondary care from one Health Board (HB) in South East Wales. The Delphi panel were asked to rate the degree to which they agreed (or disagreed) with each statement. The panel was recruited via an email invitation forwarded to all hospital (n = 70), primary care (n = 11) and community pharmacists (n = 77) from one HB in South East Wales.
Two rounds of Delphi were completed by 17 pharmacists. Consensus was achieved for seven (n = 26) ‘barrier’ and seven (n = 16) ‘solution’ statements. From the statements which achieved consensus, it was identified that the following criteria would need to be met for pharmacists to potentially accept the redistribution of medicines in solid dosage forms (tablets and capsules): protection for pharmacists; guidance from the professional regulator; tamper evident seals; ‘as new’ packaging; technologies to indicate inappropriate storage and public engagement.
This study suggests that pharmacists would potentially be willing to redistribute medicines in solid dosage forms if certain criteria are met.
Published inInternational Journal of Pharmacy Practice
PublisherOxford University Press
- AM (Accepted Manuscript)
CitationMcRae, D., Allman, M. and James, D. (2016) 'The redistribution of medicines: could it become a reality?', International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. doi: 10.1111/ijpp.12275
Cardiff Met Affiliation
- Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences
Cardiff Met AuthorsDelyth James
Cardiff Met Research Centre/Group
- Public Health and Wellbeing
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