Background: Donation of returned medicines is a debated health policy issue as it is discouraged by WHO, but accepted in some countries. Methods: Lessons learned from a donation programme of returned medicines carried out in Europe were documented. Results: The donation programme we reviewed followed a strict protocol for collection, sorting and distribution of returned drugs, in order to avoid the major limitations associated with unused medicine donations. Over a period of 3 years, 23 145 boxes of medicines were donated to 14 organizations operating in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Conclusions: The donations covered about one-third of the volume of medicines used by beneficiary organizations. The programme helped to decrease expenditure by both patients and health facilities.

Donation programme of returned medicines: Role of donors and point of view of beneficiaries

Nicoli F.
Primo
;
Rodi D.
Penultimo
;
Siniscalchi A.
Ultimo
2018

Abstract

Background: Donation of returned medicines is a debated health policy issue as it is discouraged by WHO, but accepted in some countries. Methods: Lessons learned from a donation programme of returned medicines carried out in Europe were documented. Results: The donation programme we reviewed followed a strict protocol for collection, sorting and distribution of returned drugs, in order to avoid the major limitations associated with unused medicine donations. Over a period of 3 years, 23 145 boxes of medicines were donated to 14 organizations operating in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Conclusions: The donations covered about one-third of the volume of medicines used by beneficiary organizations. The programme helped to decrease expenditure by both patients and health facilities.
Nicoli, F.; Paudel, D.; Bresciani, G.; Rodi, D.; Siniscalchi, A.
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