PHARMACY

Walgreens unveils Missouri medication disposal kiosks

BY David Salazar

Walgreens’ safe medication disposal kiosks have entered their 46th state. The chain on Tuesday unveiled the first disposal kiosks at one of the 14 locations in the state that house them alongside Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.

“We are excited to bring a year-round opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted medications in a convenient pharmacy setting at no cost to Missourians. Every day will now be drug take back day in Missouri,” said Marcel Naddaf, Walgreens regional healthcare director in Missouri. “Our kiosk program is one of several steps Walgreens has taken to address the opioid epidemic, along with expanding access to naloxone and installing high-secure time-delay safes to secure controlled substances in our pharmacies.”

The kiosks can be used to dispose of expired, unwanted or unused prescriptions, including controlled substances and OTC medications. Since Walgreens’ disposal program launched, in partnership with AmerisourceBergen, Pfizer and Prime Therapeutics, it has collected more than 400 tons of medication. The kiosks are available during pharmacy hours.

Walgreens said that it also is able to dispense opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone at all of its Missouri pharmacies without a prescription. It also has installed time-delay safes in all of its pharmacies in the state, which removes the immediate availability of them while still meeting patient needs, Walgreens said.

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