Welcome to ReMINDS, our innovative research project, creating the science and technology behind medication reuse and environmental stewardship in pharmaceutical and clinical settings.
Our ReMINDS (Reuse of Medicines through Informatics, Networks and Digital Sensors) project investigates the social acceptability of medicines reuse; the idea that medicines returned by one patient to a community pharmacy can be re-dispensed to another once its quality and safety is checked. Medicines reuse has the potential to revolutionise medication disposal practices, leading to significant environmental benefits and cost savings. The ReMINDS project aims to develop and implement technologies for quality control of medicines kept within patient homes, to underpin re-dispensing practices in the future.
Our research challenges our view of medicines as disposable entities and instead promotes the benefits of reusing medicines to prevent unnecessary environmental damage and high NHS expenditure. We have proven that people’s views on medicines reuse are strongly linked to what they understand about the related logistics and how they view normality.
We are pleased to announce that we have been recently accepted onto the video production training programme by the Social Sciences Division at the University of Oxford as part of the ESRC IAA O²RB Partnership! This partnership brings together the University of Oxford with the Open University, University of Reading and Oxford Brookes University to enhance the impact of our social sciences research and is supported by Oxford’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.
Watch this space as we start to use film to show how much waste is accumulated in people's homes and in care settings, and how our sensor technology would work to track the temperature and humidity of medicines to enable their reuse, and much more!