POST 00629E : DESTRUCTION OF VACCINES Follow-up on Posts 00603E, 00606E, 00609E, 00611E, 00614E and 00617E 7 January 2004 ________________________________________ NOTE : You are reminded that there is just one week left for participating in the TechNet annual survey. It is very easy and will take just a few minutes of your time. You are thus invited to do so by clicking on the following link: http://www.technet21.org/Survey03.html Fill the questionnaire and then click on the "Submit" zone at the bottom right. -------------------------------- The TechNet21 website has also been updated to present a new "Best Practice" and "Travel Quiz". The latter is proposed by Kohl with a magnificent picture. We are starting a new type of travel quiz asking you to identify not a geographical location but a cultural area association "What is this?" If you can also tell where this is in particular, even better but not necessary. Good luck! ______________________________________ Yves Chartier (mailto:[log in to unmask]) from WHO is reminding us of an existing WHO document published in 1999 : "Guidelines for Safe Disposal of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals in and after emergencies", dealing with the destruction of unwanted pharmaceuticals (see his message below). This is a very useful and credible document but it leaves many question unanswered because it doesn't deal specifically with the vaccine issue. Actually, the word vaccine is written only once in the whole document on page 18 (3.5. Expired Pharmaceuticals). The document is divided into four main parts : 1. Introduction 2. Disposal methods 3. Sorting categories 4. Recommended disposal methods by sorting category It is relatively difficult to extract parts of the document for those who may not read it in full and still wish to reach conclusions. It wouldn't do justice to the effort of putting together these guidelines. However these following paragraphs throw further light on previous discussions on the topic. > ------------------------------------------- So what should be concluded? Are expired or frozen vaccines "Pharmaceuticals with no or low toxicity... that can be classed as readily biodegradable organic material"? What scientific information do we have on this? Should we just flush them into the sewers? You will find the document attached. ______________________________ Yves' message: While reviewing the documents sent by Umit and what I had on my side think the attached Guidelines for safe disposal of unwanted pharmaceuticals in and after emergencies integrate the small pieces of text we have. I would think that on that particular issue of vaccine destruction... we should recommend that guideline which is also a WHO 1999 publication and is still up-to-date in my sens. Yves Chartier ______________________________________________________________________________ Visit the TECHNET21 Website at http://www.technet21.org You will find instructions to subscribe, a direct access to archives, links to reference documents and other features. ______________________________________________________________________________ To UNSUBSCRIBE, send a message to : mailto:[log in to unmask] Leave the subject area BLANK In the message body, write unsubscribe TECHNET21E ______________________________________________________________________________ The World Health Organization and UNICEF support TechNet21. The TechNet21 e-Forum is a communication/information tool for generation of ideas on how to improve immunization services. It is moderated by Claude Letarte and is hosted in cooperation with the Centre de internationale en sant,Canada (http://www.ccisd.org) ______________________________________________________________________________ ##text##
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