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NACDS, NCPA praise congressional passage of safe drug-disposal legislation

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Two groups representing the nation’s pharmacies lauded the passage of the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act by the Senate and House of Representatives.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the National Community Pharmacists Association announced their support of the bill, which fosters collaboration between pharmacies, consumers and law enforcement for the safe disposal of unused drugs. The National Community Pharmacist Association developed its own voluntary prescription drug-disposal program, called Dispose My Meds.

“Prescription drug abuse is at epic proportions in many parts of the country, and community pharmacists are uniquely positioned to help Americans properly dispose of their expired and unused prescription drugs,” said NCPA acting EVP and CEO Douglas Hoey. “We commend members of Congress from both parties for coming together to approve this important legislation.”

NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson noted the organization welcomed "advancing the safe use and safe handling of medications."

“By steering clear of a drug take-back program mandate, Congress wisely prevented unintended consequences that could have undermined the health and safety of the public and of pharmacy personnel,” Anderson said. “NACDS appreciates the work of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Reps. Jay Inslee, D-Wash.; Bart Stupak, D-Mich.; Joe Barton, R-Texas; and Lamar Smith, R-Texas, to ensure that good public policy won the day on this important issue."

In related news, Walgreens on Thursday announced its first-ever safe drug-disposal program through a collaboration with Sharps Compliance, which has worked with the NCPA on the Dispose My Meds program.

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HerbaSway introduces Last Round to cap off night

BY Allison Cerra

WALLINGFORD, Conn. HerbaSway has introduced a hangover support in a ready-to-drink single “shot.”

Last Round is a 2.5-oz. bottle that contains such ingredients as kudzu root, stevia and green tea extracts. Last Round works by removing the effects of alcohol, “relaxing” the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, and detoxifying the body so users avoid headaches, dry mouth and other ailments associated with hangovers, the company said. HerbaSway also recommended drinking one 2.5-oz. bottle of Last Round just before bedtime.

“Our whole philosophy at HerbaSway revolves around living a natural lifestyle, and as a natural hangover support, Last Round fits perfectly alongside our other product lines,” said Robert Wolfson, president of HerbaSway. “Drinking moderately and responsibly also fits into our philosophy, but we recognize that there are times when people go a little overboard. On these occasions, a final shot of Last Round provides protection against hangovers the next day. As we say on the bottle, it’s the best way to end a night of drinking.” 

Last Round is available online and at retail shops nationwide, including Whole Foods. It is sold in two-packs, six-packs, 12-packs and party packs of 50 bottles.

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Subsequent offering period expires for Sun Pharma

BY Allison Cerra

MUMBAI, India Sun Pharmaceutical Industries’ subsequent offering period by one of its subsidiaries for all outstanding ordinary shares for drug maker Taro has expired, Sun Pharma said Wednesday.

Sun subsidiary Alkaloida Chemical Company Exclusive Group was informed that 29,382 ordinary shares of Taro had been tendered as of Tuesday. During the pendency of the subsequent offering period, no additional shares have been tendered. All tendered ordinary shares were accepted for payment.

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