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NCPA Commends Prescription Drug Take Back Event Hosted by 15 New York Pharmacies
Date:11/17/2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) today applauded the efforts of some of its members to unite to host what the organizers are calling The Great Peconic Take Back event serving the eastern Suffolk area of New York.

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According to event organizer and NCPA member Bob Grisnik of Southrifty Drug, today, Wednesday, November 17 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., anyone wishing to safely dispose of their expired or otherwise unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications will be able to bring them to any of the 15 participating pharmacies of the newly formed Peconic Independent Pharmacy Association. The pharmacies ask that the medications be in their original, labeled containers, with the patient's name blacked out with permanent marker. The medications can be from any pharmacy and no personal identification is required. The service is free to the public.

"It's exciting to see community pharmacies working together to meet the growing patient demand for a safe and environmentally friendly way to discard unused medications. Programs like this should be voluntary but I hope many pharmacies seize the opportunity to create their own programs to meet the needs of their patients," said Robert J. Greenwood, NCPA President and pharmacy owner in Waterloo, IA.

The program is modeled after the NCPA program, Dispose My Meds, which was launched around the 40th anniversary of Earth Week in April via a partnership with NCPA and Sharps Compliance Inc. in order to address two pr
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