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Enabling medicine reuse using a digital time temperature humidity sensor in an internet of pharmaceutical things concept

Hui, T. K. L., Donyai, P., McCrindle, R. and Sherratt, R. S. (2020) Enabling medicine reuse using a digital time temperature humidity sensor in an internet of pharmaceutical things concept. Sensors, 20 (11). 3080. ISSN 1424-8220 (Special Issue: Smart Sensors for eHealth Applications)

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To link to this item DOI: 10.3390/s20113080

Abstract/Summary

Medicinal waste due to improper handling of unwanted medicines creates health and environmental risks. However, the re-dispensing of unused prescribed medicines from patients seems to be accepted by stakeholders when quality and safety requirements are met. Reusing dispensed medicines may help reduce waste, but a comprehensive validation method is not generally available. The design of a novel digital time temperature and humidity indicator based on an Internet of Pharmaceutical Things concept is proposed to facilitate the validation, and a prototype is presented using smart sensors with cloud connectivity acting as the key technology for verifying and enabling the reuse of returned medicines. Deficiency of existing technologies is evaluated based on the results of this development, and recommendations for future research are suggested.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Department of Bio-Engineering
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Pharmacy Practice Research Group
ID Code:91078
Publisher:MDPI

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