The IGAS would "terminate" Cyclamed


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A report by the Igas (General Inspectorate of Social Affairs) to the Minister of Health recommends "ending" Cyclamed, the mechanism for collecting unused medicines and drug packaging waste. The minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, wants to change the system but not remove it. The Igas had been seized by the minister in September 2004, following the discovery of drug trafficking recovered by pharmacists. 21 complaints have been filed following this report, but the future of the device is not in question. Still, the report "Cyclamed Drug Recycling Facility Investigation" is harsh. He criticizes first the "poor environmental record": without questioning the desirability of a specific collection system (which limits the burial of drugs in landfills whose risks are poorly understood), he notes that only 11,6 % of drug packages are collected, and 10 to 30% of unused drugs (MNU). In addition, the humanitarian purpose of the device "no longer needs to be", the main humanitarian associations (Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Doctors of the World ...) no longer want to use the MNU. Indeed, these are either outdated, or unsuited to needs, or poorly packaged. The tonnage of distributed MNUs has been divided by three in eight years, ie 510 tonnes on 3.211 recovered in 2003.

Source: www.enviro2b.com


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