ALEXANDRIA, Va. The passage of drug-disposal legislation has drawn a response from an organization representing the nation's chain drug stores.
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores commended the Senate's passage of the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which allows pharmacies to be able to work with consumers and law enforcement to safely dispose of unused drugs, rather than imposing a requirement that such entities establish a drug disposal program (i.e., a “take back” program). NACDS believes that “take back” program could pose risks for those handling the medications.
“NACDS commends Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and the Senate Judiciary Committee for moving forward in a way that will help consumers dispose of their unused medications, without creating unintended consequences that jeopardize health and safety,” said NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson. “NACDS supports efforts to find a safe and effective means for consumers to dispose of their unused medications, including controlled substances. We believe these programs must be structured to protect public health and safety and preserve the integrity of the drug distribution supply chain.”