Technical Report: Waste Management of Pharmaceuticals in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan already has a pharmaceutical product waste disposal operation, and pharmaceutical materials are reviewed for disposal and destruction, but the current operation is generally believed to have many shortfalls. Attempts at estimating the scale of the issue using total throughput volumes of pharmaceuticals have indicated no major issue on waste disposal because not enough volume of pharmaceuticals is being procured for the public sector in Afghanistan for a major issue on waste disposal to arise. However, in the face of persistent perceptions of a major problem in waste management, a task force has been formed within the Ministry of Public Health to try to quantify the extent of any problem and formulate an evidence-based approach for future waste management of pharmaceutical items.