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dc.contributor.authorBreen, Liz*
dc.contributor.authorXie, Y.*
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-26T15:15:06Z
dc.date.available2015-05-26T15:15:06Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationBreen L and Xie Y (2015) Waste not, want not. What are the drivers of sustainable medicines recycling in National Health Service hospital pharmacies (UK)? International Journal of Procurement Management. 8(1/2): 82-103.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/7198
dc.descriptionYes
dc.description.abstractMedicines management is only one part of NHS (UK) procurement and management, but essentially a very expensive part. In December 2012 the Department of Health issued an action plan to improve the use of medicines and reduce waste. There is an onus therefore on the NHS to ensure that they are as efficient in the medicines management as possible in all aspects of the supply chain in order to ensure sustainability (economically and operationally). To do this consideration must be given to medicines optimization, from procurement, through to storage, dispensing, compliance and finally waste prevention and reduction and waste retrieval. As part of the larger National Health Service (UK), hospital pharmacy places strong emphasis on contributing to the efficiency targets through reductions in waste and drug spending, and best practice. The purpose of this study is to examine medicines reverse logistics practice within the NHS hospital pharmacies, and the operational strategy which drives such practices. The overarching aim is to explore through qualitative analysis the variance and commonality in strategy and practice in what is a standard logistical activity. The outputs offer transparency of medicines RL as practiced by NHS professionals and contribute to ongoing discussions within the Department of Health (NHS UK) on best practice governing waste medicines recycling processes. A qualitative approach was adopted in undertaking this research study, utilizing a purposive study sample. The survey examined practice in 45 hospitals as individual cases across all stages in the medicines reverse logistics system. The findings indicated there is some commonality in the strategy employed in conducting medicines recycling, and all 3 drivers are prevalent in undertaking recycling and encouraging a more sustainable approach, i.e., economic, corporate citizenship, and legislation. However, the means by which the same objective was achieved differed, such as resource utilisation, training etc.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rights(c) 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. Full-text reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.en_US
dc.subjectPharmaceutical supply chain
dc.subjectPSC
dc.subjectReverse logistics
dc.subjectRecycling
dc.subjectOperational strategy
dc.subjectMedicines waste analysis/processing
dc.subjectUnited Kingdom
dc.subjectUK
dc.titleWaste not, want not. What are the drivers of sustainable medicines recycling in National Health Service hospital pharmacies (UK)?en_US
dc.status.refereedYes
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.EndofEmbargo01/11/2015
dc.type.versionAccepted manuscript
dc.description.publicnotesThe full-text of this article was released for public view at the end of the publisher embargo on 3 Nov 2015.en_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1504/IJPM.2015.066289
dc.openaccess.statusopenAccess


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