Kinney holds inaugural Medicine Collection Day
SYRACUSE, N.Y. Kinney Drugs held its first Medicine Collection Day, which resulted in the disposal of hundreds of unused or expired medications.
The event was held June 14 at the Kinney Drugs store in Liverpool, N.Y. Future Medicine Collection Days will be scheduled throughout the Kinney Drugs stores and will be free and open to the public.
“After our pharmacists sort the substances, they will be properly destroyed by law enforcement or disposed of at a federally licensed facility,” explained Michael Duteau, director of pharmacy operations at Kinney Drugs.
In support of the event, Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse observed “Medicine Safety Awareness Day” on June 14.
The proper disposal of medications has increasingly become an issue of environmental and safety concern across the nation. According to a study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 70 percent to 80 percent of substance abusers said they took medications that belonged to a friend or relative. In addition, pharmaceuticals have been found in the drinking water of at least 41 million Americans, according to a March 2008 Associated Press report.
All medication brought to the drop-off had to remain in the original bottle or package with the name of the product clearly visible. However, personal names and addresses could be removed or blocked out.
The company also accepted narcotics for destruction, such as codeine, hydrocodone (Vicodin) and morphine. Illegal drugs, biohazardous materials, needles, personal care products and household hazardous wastes like paint or pesticides were not accepted.
California information-sharing bill struck down by Assembly
LOS ANGELES A California bill aimed at sharing people’s prescription medication information with mass mailers did not receive a single vote of support in the Assembly Health Committee after being approved by the Senate on May 29, according to the Los Angeles Times. The bill, SB 1096, was written by Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, who will most likely not reintroduce it, even though he reserved the right to do so.
In presenting the legislation Tuesday, Calderon described it as a boon to consumers, especially those with chronic medical conditions. He said it would allow drugstores to send letters to people reminding them to take their medication or refill a prescription.
The problem with the bill, besides the fact that the patients did not want their prescription medical history shared with someone other than their doctor, is that the bill did not state who would be paying for the reminder letters and which patients would receive them.
According to the Times, it appeared that pharmaceutical companies were behind the funding in an effort to bring in more money on their respective medicines. Also, another provision stated that people who wanted to not be on the mailers would have to opt-out of the program, instead of opting into the program by stating that they would be okay with their information shared.
CCPA: track-and-trace mandate could cost pharmacies $110,000 per store
ALEXANDRIA, Va. Implementing a track-and-trace system would cost drug store chains $84,000 to $110,000 or more per store in the first year, according to a study that examined the safety of the prescription drug supply chain and the potential effects of a federally mandated system.
The study, released by the Coalition of Community Pharmacy Action, examined the safety of the prescription drug supply chain and the potential effects of a federally mandated track-and-trace system. It also found that existing security measures since 2005, including changes in state laws and steps the chains themselves have taken, have already cut the risk of counterfeit drugs entering the supply chain. The study found no cases of counterfeit drugs in the normal distribution channels since 2005, and most of the problems were from Web sites distributing drugs illegally.
The cost estimate was based on costs of computer hardware software, infrastructure, labor and other resources.
The CCPA is comprised of the National Community Pharmacists Association and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.