Posts Tagged 'drug disposal'

Community Pharmacists Are Also Environmentalists

By Stephanie DuBois, Director, Marketing Communications

When you think of a pharmacist, the word “environmentalist” may not immediately come to mind, but those two words are synonymous when it comes to proper medication disposal. For years, pharmacists have been counseling patients not only on how and when to take their medications, but also on how to dispose of any leftover meds safely. From start to finish, pharmacists are there to help you with your prescription drug regimen, and community pharmacists continue to lead the charge when it comes to offering patients a safe, reliable resource for medication disposal through the Dispose My Meds™ program.

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#MailOrderWaste & the Need for Medication Disposal Programs

By Stephanie DuBois, Associate Director, Marketing Communications

Earth Day was yesterday and Saturday marks another nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. While this is a good opportunity for individuals to properly dispose of unused or expired medications at a safe location, consumers need more convenient access to disposal locations more than twice a year. That’s why NCPA members have stepped up to help their patients through the Dispose My Meds™ program. Since its inception in 2009, Dispose My Meds has collected over 200 tons of medications at more than 1,600 participating community pharmacies in 40 states across the country. (Note: opioids and other controlled substances are not allowed.)

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: The Pharmacist’s Role

The following is a guest post from Ginger Skinner of Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs

Dropping off medicines at a local pharmacy or participating in a medication take-back event is a convenient way for patients to dispose of expired and unused medicines. As a community pharmacist, now is a great time to remind patients to do just that. This Saturday, April 26th, is the 8th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, consumers clean out their medicine cabinets of leftover and expired medications can do so at over 4,000 sites across the U.S. This effort is operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners, including many fire and police stations, hospitals, and churches. Since its start, the Take-Back Day initiative has collected over 3.4 million pounds of medication from the public. Continue reading ‘National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: The Pharmacist’s Role’

More Mail Order Pharmacy Waste Documented by Pharmacists

By Kevin Schweers

Community pharmacists continue to report egregious cases of wasted prescription drugs fueled in part by mail order pharmacy practices, such as auto-shipping. While the pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) that own most mail order facilities may downplay incidences of shipped wastage, Medicare officials have voiced new concerns about this phenomenon and the experiences of local pharmacists suggest that Medicare is in the right.

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Liberty Medical’s Troubles Recall Rampant Mail Order Waste

By B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA

Liberty Medical Supply, Inc., made iconic (or infamous depending on your perspective) by pitchman Wilford Brimley and allegedly one of the biggest purveyors of mail order waste, has fallen on hard financial times, recently filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While the company’s future may be uncertain, mail order waste is alive and well. Continue reading ‘Liberty Medical’s Troubles Recall Rampant Mail Order Waste’

Medicare: Growing Concerns about Mail Order Pharmacy Waste

By Kevin Schweers

Federal Medicare officials are preparing new policies for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans in 2014. In doing so, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may partially address several problems raised by independent community pharmacists and the patients they serve.

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NCPA Reviews 2012 in Annual Report

By Kevin Schweers

Before turning the calendar to 2013, NCPA staff recently looked back at some of the association’s efforts in furtherance of its independent community pharmacy members and their patients. Some of the more significant efforts were chronicled in a recently published, executive-summary style annual report. Continue reading ‘NCPA Reviews 2012 in Annual Report’


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