Sincethe Peterson Group is suspended from doing any activities relating to its campaign against fraud medicines after themisinformation incident which happened between them and the local government ofJakarta, Indonesia, this non-profitorganization has found something to put their attention into for the moment.
Althoughother countries and non-profit organizations have opted to a more conventional programand gave total control to pharmaceutical companies and/or curtailed patentprotection to cut off any deception before it can even be started, ThePeterson Group instead led both awareness campaign and assistanceprogram which can benefit both pharmacies and consumers.
In astartup research, TPG reviews the possibility of recycling unused medicines inSouth East Asia. Active substances within these medicines will also be used tocreate new set of drugs. It would even be more advantageous if these drugs canbe given out for free to many poor areas in the region.
Similarstudies have been earlier conducted for the same cause. Inspired by a recyclingprogram initiated in Tucson University in Texas, the Peterson Group is aimingto gather experts and medical students who can voluntarily assist in thematerialization program.
Recyclingprogram is also already an existing trial but it is mostly conducted in developedcountries where resources and funding are no issue.
Accordingto reports, leftover drugs prescribed for American patients with HIV arealready being recycled for use overseas. Aid for AIDS in Manhattan — anonprofit group with branches in Italy, Spain and Switzerland — collects drugsafter US patients with HIV switch prescriptions, stop medications, or die. Thegroup passes these very expensive retroviral medicines along to more than 500people with HIV throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
Withoutfanfare, hospitals, too, all across the country have long internally recycledunused medications returned from patient floors, whenever the original unitdose packaging is intact.
Thesupplies should come from legitimate suppliers such as nursing homes and healthcare facilities. Moreover, the team is also planning to visit door-to-door fromconsumers who surely have their own unused medicines. Many prescriptions arebought and stopped midway by the consumers since patients are likely to stoptheir medications because they think they are already okay or if they areprescribed with different set of drugs midway by their own physician.
Codingand certain new technology is to be availed to assure protection and safety aswell as the potency of the medicine being used.