The IGAS would "terminate" Cyclamed

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A report from the IGA (General Inspectorate of Social Affairs) submitted to the Minister of Health recommends "stopping" Cyclamed, the device for collecting unused medicines and waste packaging medicines. The minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, wishes to evolve the system but not to remove it. Igas was seized by the minister in September 2004, following the discovery of drug trafficking recovered by pharmacists. 21 complaints have been filed following this report, but the future of the device is not questioned. Yet the report "Cyclamed Drug Recycling Device Survey" is severe. He criticizes "the mediocrity of the environmental assessment": without questioning the appropriateness of a specific collection system (which limits the landfill of medicines to landfill, the risks of which are poorly understood), he notes that only 11,6 % of drug packages are collected, and 10 to 30% of unused drugs (MNU). Moreover, the humanitarian purpose of the system "no longer needs to be", the main humanitarian associations (Red Cross, Médecins sans frontières, Médecins du monde ...) no longer want to use the UNM. Indeed, these are either outdated, unsuitable for needs, or poorly packaged. The tonnage of distributed MNUs was divided by three in eight years, ie 510 tons on the 3.211 recovered in 2003.



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