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Table 4 Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) Outcomes (N = 9)

From: Assessment of disposal practices of expired and unused medications among community pharmacies in Anambra State southeast Nigeria: a mixed study design

Question categories Responses (n) Description
1. What are the various ways expired drugs are disposed of in Anambra? Through:  
  (a.) General rubbish bin (4) Many dispose of via general rubbish bin
  (b.) NAFDAC (3) Some dispose of via NAFDAC
  (c.) Burning (2) Few others burn
2. Should drug wholesalers or distributors collect back their expired products? Yes (3) and No (6) Majority said “no” and few said “yes”
3. Do community pharmacists ensure proper separation and storage of expired drugs? Yes (8) and No (1) Majority said “yes”. But very few said “no”.
4. Will you approve for lectures on pharmaceutical waste management to be incorporated in schools of pharmacy curriculum? Yes (9) and No (0) All said “yes”
5. Whether there is any need for improvement in our disposal practices of expired medications? Yes (9) and No (0) All said “yes”
6. What are the common challenges to proper disposal practices of expired drugs? Top on the list are:
  (a.) Poor education and awareness on management of expired drugs
  (b.) Poor documentaries of the management of expired drugs
  (c.) Poor law enforcement
  Others on the list are:
  (d.) The stress and protocols involved in returning medications to NAFDAC
7. What are your recommendations? Top on the list are:
  (a.) Creating public awareness on the consequences of improper management of expired medications
  (b.) Adequate training of health workers on the management of expired drugs
  Others on the list
  (c.) Implementation of a local government- run disposal system
  (d.) There is the need for improved research focus and the government attention on this area
  (e.) Adequate law enforcement strategies