Hands-Off Medicine Campaign Launches


Using bare hands to count and dispense medicines can lead to contamination of the product. When medicines come into prolonged contact with skin, moisture, oils, bacteria and viruses can be transferred directly to the tablets or capsules. This can cause the medicine not to work as well, as it should or it might even make the patient more ill. Contaminated medicine can be especially problematic for persons who are at high risk of infection, including children or adults living with HIV or AIDS.

This global campaign advocates a comprehensive approach to the problem including providing dispensers with more knowledge about handling medicines properly, access to proper dispensing equipment, enforcing good dispensing standards and informing the public of the issue.

Adapted from campaign announcement.

For more information, see the campaign article.

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