The IGAS would "terminate" Cyclamed

A report from the IGAS (General Inspectorate of Social Affairs) submitted to the Minister of Health recommends “putting an end” to Cyclamed, the system for collecting unused drugs and waste from drug packaging. The Minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, wishes to change the system but not to remove it. The Igas was seized by the minister in September 2004, following the discovery of drug trafficking recovered by pharmacists. 21 complaints were filed following this report, but the future of the device is not in question. Yet the report “Investigation into Cyclamed Drug Recycling System” is harsh. He first criticizes “the mediocrity of the 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 , 10% of drug packaging is collected, and 30 to 510% of unused drugs (MNU). In addition, the humanitarian purpose of the device "no longer applies", the main humanitarian associations (Red Cross, Médecins sans frontières, Médecins du monde, etc.) no longer wishing to use the UNMs. In fact, these are either out of date, unsuited to needs, or poorly packaged. The tonnage of UNMs distributed has been divided by three in eight years, i.e. 3.211 tonnes out of the 2003 recovered in XNUMX.

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Source: www.enviro2b.com

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