Storage, Reuse and Disposal Practices of Home - Stored Medicines in Urban Households in Pune, India


  • Sonali Suryawanshi Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) Medical College, Pune, India
  • Priti P Dhande Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) Medical College, Pune, India
  • Jayshree S Dawane Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) Medical College, Pune, India
  • Aadya Bhavsar Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) Medical College, Pune, India



storage, medicine, disposal, household, developing countries


Background: Improper home medicine storage is a global issue that leads to medicine wastage contributing to adverse effects. There have only been a few community-based research studies for in-home drug storage methods, reasons for use and its disposal ways among the consumers of India, until date.

Methodology: A descriptive, cross-sectional study was done from April 2023 to June 2023. Data were collected by face-to-face interview of household representative using pretested structured questionnaire on medicines in households, their utilization, storage and disposal practices.

Results: Most of the participants (78.3%) were educated to the level of graduation and above and their common reported source of procurement for stored medicines was doctor’s previous prescriptions (61.79%) where 42.5% of them stored medicines for anticipated future use. Commonly stored drugs in households were analgesics and antihistaminics and drugs for digestive system while only 5.3% stored antibiotics mostly for ongoing treatment. Unsafe storage practices like storing medicines without proper labelling (65%) and within reach of children (33.49%) were found in the study. Also, 42.45% participants reported to share stored medicines with family members and friends. Major practice for drug disposal was reported as throwing in household garbage (93.1%).

Conclusion: In current study, 100% prevalence of in-home storage medication practices among the well-educated consumers without proper care taken for their use, storage and disposal which may pose a risk to the environment as well as humans.


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Suryawanshi S, Dhande PP, Dawane JS, Bhavsar A. Storage, Reuse and Disposal Practices of Home - Stored Medicines in Urban Households in Pune, India. Natl J Community Med [Internet]. 2024 Feb. 1 [cited 2024 Mar. 3];15(02):127-33. Available from:



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