Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Questions (1256)

Catherine Connolly

Question:

1256. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Health his plans to introduce a national scheme for the proper disposal and or recycling of unused medicines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15694/20]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE have never organised a national 'Disposal of Unused Medicines Properly' campaign through Community Pharmacies.

As with any proposal that would have an impact on HSE expenditure, it would require it to be carefully considered in the context of available resources and scoped appropriately.

The HSE would anticipate that any future discussions with the Irish Pharmacy Union in relation to a nationwide approach to better medication management, would include appropriate disposal arrangements for unused medicines.