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Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Year : 2016, Volume : 6, Issue : 2
First page : ( 95) Last page : ( 99)
Print ISSN : 2231-5683. Online ISSN : 2231-5691.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2231-5691.2016.00016.2

Reverse Logistic Practices on Household Medical Disposal in India and its Impacts on Environment

Kumar T. Manoj*, Saravanan S.

Department of Management Studies, Anna University (BIT Campus), Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: mano11kumar@gmail.com

Online published on 21 July, 2016.

Abstract

Reverse logistics refers to managing a supply chain in reverse direction from the consumers to the manufacturers. Reverse logistics is the part of supply chain management practice that flow of products and information from the customers to the manufacturers for the purpose of value recapture and proper disposal. It becomes more challenging, mainly, in the background of supply chains of perishable products. The pharmaceutical medicines are time perishable which plays an important role in order to cure, prevent and diagnose human disease and keep people healthy. It is important issue that the disposal of pharmaceutical medicines to the environment and it requires special handling to dispose. Pharmaceutical medicine waste is a form of medical waste that includes unused or expired household medications. This study is performed by using secondary data collection method as review of various literatures. In this study we discussed various disposal practices of unwanted or expired household pharmaceutical medicines and proposed a conceptual framework model about disposal practices, type of medicines and amount of impacts.

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Keywords

Reverse logistics practices, Disposal practices, Environmental hazards, Household medicines.

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