Medicines can turn into environmentally hazardous waste very quickly: if the packaging is damaged or the expiry date has passed, the product can no longer be sold and must be properly disposed of. Pharmaceutical waste of this kind is expensive and harms the environment. We have made great efforts in the past few years to reduce this type of waste.
For example, we are raising awareness among employees by carrying out training and implementing employee ideas, such as how we can reduce the amount of damaged packaging.
Although the measures differ from country to country, all companies follow the legal provisions and good distribution practice (GDP) guidelines for drugs. We talked to PHOENIX employees at various stages along the supply chain in Serbia about how they handle drugs: