Every year in Canada over 700,000 kgs of unused medication are returned to pharmacies. It's estimated that there's another 700,000 kgs piling up in peoples medicine cabinets. Then there's the medication that expires on the pharmacy shelf, gets damaged or recalled, or gets forgotten about.
The result? Nearly 30% of prescribed medication goes unused. Much of it will be disposed of by incineration or autoclaving (high temperature steam).
Even though more and more medication is return to pharmacies or pill drops and is destroyed, many people still discard down the toilet or in household trash. Over 100 different types of pharmaceuticals are found in ground water across Canada.
Once medication is prescribed it can't be re-prescribed to new patients.
We see it differently.
Research has shown that active ingredients in medication can stay useable well beyond even the manufactures estimated expiry date. While the medication may not be reliable or behave how it's supposed to (i.e. release time), the active ingredients may still work. That's why we're working to unlock the value from pharmaceutical waste.
Manufacturers also create a lot of waste during the pharmaceutical manufacturing process. Our research has shown that the waste contains valuable ingredients. We work with firms to develop on site recovery systems and create new markets for the waste.
We're developing the process and technology to become the world's leaders in medication ingredient recovery.
We envision our comprehensive pharmaceutical waste recovery program running in every pharmacy, hospital, and manufacturer around the world. Redirecting high value medication from the incinerator back to the manufacturing process.