Past News Stories
News from 2010 – 2011:
- FDA wants limits on antibiotics given to animals The Food and Drug Administration has called on drug companies to help limit the prophylactic use of antibiotics in farm animals, a decades-old practice that scientists say has contributed to a surge in dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria. Read more at: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-04/D9U2TC3O1.htm
- CMS adopts rules to encourage trial prescriptions The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has adopted rules to encourage trial prescriptions by providing a pro-rated co-pay. See pp 22126-22134 of the Federal Register notice, here: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-04-12/html/2012-8071.htm
- Minnesota allows automated drug dispensing in nursing homes The MN legislature passed a bill in March to allow automated drug dispensing machines that will reduce pharmaceutical waste in nursing homes and keep leftover drugs from being flushed into the sewer system. This will save money too. See the bill here: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/bldbill.php?bill=S2622.2.html&session=ls86
- The State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse has released a report that includes recommendations regarding medication disposal. See Reducing Wisconsin’s Prescription Drug Abuse: A Call to Action Final Report January 2012.
- The DEA will host their next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10AM – 2PM. Check back in March for a list of drop-off locations.
- Alameda County Drug Disposal Ordinance Draft (12/15/11)
- “Unprescribed: Legislation to Keep Drugs Out of Water Thwarted by U.S. Pharmaceutical Lobbying” (Circle Blue, 2011)
- The DEA collected 188.5 tons of unwanted medications through their National Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011! Check it out!
- The Product Stewardship Institute’s consensus document, “Key Elements and Vision for Great Lakes Pharmaceutical Programs,” can be accessed at the bottom of PSI’s pharmaceutical projects page.
- Proposed Medicaid Rule Includes Policies to Reduce Pharmaceutical Waste — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have issued a notice of proposed rule-making that includes several polices to reduce pharmaceutical waste. Specifically the proposed rules include provisions to reduce waste by establishing daily cost sharing to align beneficiary interests with shorter day supplies, by supporting trial fills, and by synchronizing refills in the community setting. Comments must be submitted by December 8, 2011. You may submit comments electronically at: http://www.regulations.gov
- Pharmaceutical Stewardship Act of 2011. Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) introduced this bill in late September. The bill would streamline and fund pharmaceutical collection programs in the US. A press release is at: http://www.productstewardship.us/associations/6596/files/Pharmaceutical_Stewardship_Act_Press_Release.pdf The bill itself: http://www.productstewardship.us/associations/6596/files/Pharm_Stewardship_legislation.pdf
- New law helps people safely get rid of medication (Illinois)
- The Alliance for the Great Lakes published a new report on Emerging Contaminants “Troubled Waters: Assessing the Emerging Contaminant Threat” See also an article on the report in the Huron Daily Tribune “More Problems for Great Lakes“.
- DEA has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Daywhich will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them.Watch for more information at: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html
- HB2056 is the first law in America that completely handles and funds pharmaceutical disposal for an entire state (READ MORE).
- California Pharmaceutical Take-Back Could Be National Model (Read More)
- White House Plan for Preventing Drug Abuse Addresses Pharm Waste Disposal — President Obama has included improved prescription drug disposal as one of four objectives of the White House Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan. One proposed action is: “Once DEA regulations have been established, engage PhRMA and others in the private sector to support community-based medication disposal programs.”
- DEA hosted a National Drug Take Back Day on April 30th, 2011.
- Indiana - The people of Indiana will be able to return unused medications to the pharmacy that dispensed it under House Bill 1121. The House of Representatives voted almost unanimously in favor of the bill on Monday, February 14th, to send it to the Senate. Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, is the creator of this bill. The bill goes into effect July 1, 2011.
- There are new postal service regulations regarding mailing pharmaceuticals.
- Medicare CMS has proposed rules for 7 day initial prescriptions in long term care facilities.
- The Product Stewardship Institute is hosting webinars for legislators regarding product stewardship and the environment.
- DEA collected 2.4 tons of medications from Wisconsin on 9/25/10. They were incinerated.
- Through the new “Rx4Safety Outreach” program, Covanta will offer free incineration of household pharmaceuticals through 2011.
- Keeping Drug Disposal Secure
- DEA – Drug Disposal
- Secure & Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010
PRESENTATIONS OF INTEREST:
Learn about Canada’s program for prescription drug collection! GLRI Canadian Program Overview
Midwest Product Stewardship Council – Overviews:
(MPSC_overview; GLRI Product Stewardship and Pharmaceuticals Webinar 4-20-11 Cynthia, Sierra)
Preventing Pharmaceutical Pollution and Diversion (PSI USDA Pharms Presentation)