Pharmaceutical Waste Reduction Strategies

Administer a patient-specific dosage

Commit publicly to avoid inappropriate prescribing

Maximize shelf life

Minimize drug order

Provide non-pharmalogical alternatives

Repackage large quantities into unit doses

Rotate drug stock

Use alternate packaging

Use an alternate drug or drug combination

Use trial sizes for initial prescriptions
Analyze inventory and modify purchasing

Donate medications

Maximize use of opened/bulk containers

Minimize size of containers

Relabel for home use

Require samples to have long shelf life

Use a voucher option for samples

Use an alternate delivery method

Use expired medications during education

Additional Resources

Start Reducing - Steps for Healthcare Facilities

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