Recycling Expensive Medication: Why Not?

Jay M. Pomerantz, MD


Medscape General Medicine. 2004;6(2):4 

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Liability Risks

Liability is a particular concern in our litigious society. One can make the argument that pharmaceutical manufacturers, like car manufacturers, should not be held responsible for resold products. Recycled medicine, like used cars, are not brand new, so the original manufacturer carries limited responsibility for what happens after the original sale. Special recycling pharmacies would carry malpractice risk if they mistakenly certified a particular set of pills as still usable when they were not. Like all such professional risks, this one might be insurable and become a routine business expense.