ALEXANDRIA, Va. — As the nation celebrates the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, the National Community Pharmacists Association today announced that the student team from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy won its recent student video competition on the Dispose My Meds program. The winning team will receive $250, courtesy of the Community Pharmacy Foundation, for their school’s NCPA chapter. The winning video can be viewed on NCPA’s Facebook page.
Students from Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy and West Virginia University School of Pharmacy were also finalists in the video competition. Individuals voted on NCPA’s Facebook page for their favorite video last week, and the individual video with the most “likes” by the Friday, April 19th deadline was named the winner. Combined, the videos received nearly 750 likes on NCPA’s Facebook page by the deadline.
“NCPA congratulates the students from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy, Shenandoah University School of Pharmacy and West Virginia University School of Pharmacy for their creative and inspiring videos highlighting an extremely important topic: proper medication disposal,” said NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA. “Through voluntary programs like Dispose My Meds, independent community pharmacies are leading the way in encouraging patients to dispose of their unused or expired medications in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner. These videos will help to educate consumers about the importance of safe medication disposal as a solution to preventing drug misuse and protecting our landfills and waterways.”
NCPA’s Dispose My Meds program features more than 1,600 independent community pharmacies across the country at which consumers may dispose of unused medications (with the exception of controlled substances) through special disposal containers or postage-paid envelopes. To date, participating pharmacies have collected more than 100,000 pounds of medications since the program’s launch in 2010. Consumers can find a participating local pharmacy by visiting www.disposemymeds.org.
Many of the medications these participating pharmacies have collected include thousands of dollars in returned medication from mail-order pharmacies. An NCPA report entitled, "Waste Not, Want Not" documents, through pictures and cost estimates for each unused product, the problem of medication waste associated with mail-order pharmacies. The presentation has been delivered before the U.S. Congress in multiple hearings.