The teaching resource outline Safe disposal of pharmaceutical wastes (Short Version Part 1, 2 and 3) describes the draft of a teaching resource consisting of 3 parts, that has been developed to make students looks at their own methods of pharmaceutical waste disposal, as well as that of pharmaceutical industries in both the public and private sector, and to realise the damage it is having on both the environment and the economy. Students will be introduced to the FDA recommendations for safe disposal of pharmaceutical wastes and will present their suggestions of both safe and sustainable methods of disposal to the stakeholders.
These teaching resources will incorporate but are not limited to the following methods: Mental Mapping, Debating, Case Study Teaching, Researching, Educational Games, a Focus Group and a Discussion.
The set describes three independent teaching resources, which are designed to be completed one after another (but not necessarily), these include:
1. Mental Map – How do you dispose of Pharmaceutical Waste? and a Debate
2. Case Study Teaching – Comparison of the Public and Private Sector
3. An Educational Game and a Focus Group
Safe disposal of pharmaceutical wastes (Short Version Part 1, 2 and 3) is based (and slightly modified) on the Teaching Resource, “Safe disposal of waste pharmaceuticals - medicine take back programs” The original teaching resource was split into several parts to make it easier to introduce new ideas, teaching styles and teaching methods into lectures, in addition to the original lecture content. All parts do not need to be completed.
Part 1 – Mental Map – How do you dispose of Pharmaceutical Waste? and a Debate
The lesson will begin with students working individually creating a mental map of how they dispose of pharmaceutical wastes. The students will be asked to look at each other’s mental maps and compare and contrast their methods of disposal. The students will be then asked to debate as to why their chosen method of disposal of pharmaceutical waste is correct.
The aim of this resource is to raise awareness of the problem of expired and unwanted drugs, using the methods outlined in this resource, the students will try to figure out what is happening with the expired drugs that are accumulating in pharmaceutical industries, and even look at their own methods of disposal.
The pharmaceutical industry develops, produces, and markets drugs or pharmaceuticals for use as medications. When this medicine is not used by the patients it becomes a waste that has to be disposed of, something which is not being done correctly, and is causing serious harm to both the economy and the environment.
The teaching methods used aim to identify mistakes that are being made by all members of society when disposing of pharmaceutical waste, with the hope of creating an outline of sustainable methods of disposal for both industries and the wider community.