The Peterson Med Group


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2. Is it Possible to Recycle Medicines?

Since the Peterson Group is suspended from doing any activities relating to its campaign against fraud medicines after the misinformation incident which happened between them and the local government of Jakarta, Indonesia, this non-profit organization has found something to put their attention into for the moment.

Although other countries and non-profit organizations have opted to a more conventional program and gave total control to pharmaceutical companies and/or curtailed patent protection to cut off any deception before it can even be started, The Peterson Group instead led both awareness campaign and assistance program which can benefit both pharmacies and consumers.

In a startup research, TPG reviews the possibility of recycling unused medicines in South East Asia. Active substances within these medicines will also be used to create new set of drugs. It would even be more advantageous if these drugs can be given out for free to many poor areas in the region.

Similar studies have been earlier conducted for the same cause. Inspired by a recycling program initiated in Tucson University in Texas, the Peterson Group is aiming to gather experts and medical students who can voluntarily assist in the materialization program.

Recycling program is also already an existing trial but it is mostly conducted in developed countries where resources and funding are no issue.  

According to reports, leftover drugs prescribed for American patients with HIV are already being recycled for use overseas. Aid for AIDS in Manhattan — a nonprofit group with branches in Italy, Spain and Switzerland — collects drugs after US patients with HIV switch prescriptions, stop medications, or die. The group passes these very expensive retroviral medicines along to more than 500 people with HIV throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Without fanfare, hospitals, too, all across the country have long internally recycled unused medications returned from patient floors, whenever the original unit dose packaging is intact.

The supplies should come from legitimate suppliers such as nursing homes and health care facilities. Moreover, the team is also planning to visit door-to-door from consumers who surely have their own unused medicines. Many prescriptions are bought and stopped midway by the consumers since patients are likely to stop their medications because they think they are already okay or if they are prescribed with different set of drugs midway by their own physician.

Coding and certain new technology is to be availed to assure protection and safety as well as the potency of the medicine being used.

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