Safe and Environmentally Friendly Medication Destruction Programs (Resolution No. 102-2-06)

Topics: Resolutions

Resolution Number: 102-2-06
Title: Safe and Environmentally Friendly Medication Destruction Programs
Action: Passed

Whereas, patients often need guidance on the proper disposal of unwanted, unused, or expired medication; and

Whereas, the inappropriate disposal of unused or expired medication may pose a significant risk to the public and the environment; and

Whereas, there is an increased incidence of theft of prescription medications from homes and residential trash, resulting in the diversion and abuse of such medications; and

Whereas, patients with excess or unused medication often share their medication with other individuals in the absence of any pharmacist or medical supervision;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NABP and the boards of pharmacy work with the pharmacy community, environmental community, and regulatory agencies to develop programs whereby patients can safely and properly dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medications; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NABP develop guidance for the boards of pharmacy and the pharmacy community addressing the environmentally safe and legal collection and destruction of unwanted, unused, or expired medications from patients.

(Resolution passed at NABP’s 102nd Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA)