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NCPA Encourages Pharmacists to Promote Medication Expertise from Dispensing to Disposal
Date:10/6/2010

astounding three-quarter of adults do not always take their prescription medicine as directed. Problems include forgetting to take a medication, taking less than the prescribed dosage or discontinuing usage. Community pharmacists are the most accessible health care providers and play a crucial role in improving adherence and serving as a key care contact as patients move through the health care system. 

The NCPA prescription disposal program 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 pressing issues: drug diversion and environmental contamination. As part of the program, NCPA members receive nearly 20 percent in discounts with shipping included on the products from the Sharps TakeAway Environmental Return System, along with free customizable marketing materials and a listing on our companion consumer website, www.disposemymeds.org. To date more than 1,000 pharmacies in 48 states are participating in the program and have collected some 12,000 pounds of unused or expired medications. Participating pharmacies have noted increased foot traffic and conversion of new patients.

NCPA developed this program to encourage community pharmacists to consider voluntarily initiating medication disposal programs. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives just last month cleared for the President's signature The Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act (S. 3397), legislation backed by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) that could improve and encourage voluntary prescription drug disposal programs like NCPA's

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