Patients need advice on safe drug disposal.
QUEBEC CITY -- Physicians need to do more to educate their patients on safe and environmentally sound methods for disposing of unwanted medications.
That was the message from a study showing that less than 20% of patients had ever been advised on how to dispose of To determine the fate of; to exercise the power of control over; to fix the condition, application, employment, etc. of; to direct or assign for a use.
See also: Dispose unused or expired medications by their provider.
The conclusions are based on 301 patients or family members who completed a 23-item computerized survey while waiting for drugs at a military outpatient pharmacy, Dr. Dean A. Seehusen reported in a poster at the annual meeting of the North American North American
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Counseling from health care providers did make patients more aware of sound disposal methods, reported Dr. Seehusen, research director, department of family medicine, Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Ft. Gordon, Ga.
The 59 (20%) respondents In the context of marketing research, a representative sample drawn from a larger population of people from whom information is collected and used to develop or confirm marketing strategy. who had been counseled were more likely than those who hadn't been counseled to identify that storing these medications in their house was unacceptable (85% vs. 67%), identify that returning medications to the pharmacy was acceptable (92% vs. 60%), and identify that returning medications to a provider was acceptable (75% vs. 47%).