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With environmental issues commanding more attention in the media and gathering momentum, greater attention has been paid to the disposal and recycling of waste, and this led to the introduction of new legislation in the UK.
Pharmaceutical companies face many challenges in meeting the production quality standards and then subsequently meeting disposal guidelines after a product has been used. You can be confident that we always try to use resources wisely when designing our products, considering both regulatory requirements and the environmental impact.
Teva’s products are packaged in such a way as to comply with the European Directive 92/27/EEC which covers the labelling of medicinal products for human use and on the leaflets contained in those packages. The Directive outlines the requirements for the detailed information that must accompany medicines, on the inner and outer packaging, to ensure their safe and effective use.
We always try to use resources wisely when designing our products, considering both regulatory requirements and the environmental impact.
Additionally, as you’d expect, the packaging preserves the stability and quality of medicinal products and protects them against spoilage and tampering. The materials used in packaging are chosen for their specific properties, to ensure they don’t themselves have an adverse effect on the product, or conversely the product doesn’t have an effect on the packaging materials used.
What this means for Teva’s products is that we have made decisions on production materials with these requirements in mind. Most of our carton and patient information leaflets can be recycled, as they are paper and cardboard.
Most of our carton and patient information leaflets can be recycled, as they are paper and cardboard.
Blister packs are made of plastic and aliminum foil, and have potentially been in contact with toxic or highly potent drugs, so consequently they require special consideration for their disposal. Unfortunately there is currently nowhere in the UK that the blister pack can be recycled.
You can find out more about the design of our packaging here.