[Pharmwaste] American Medicine Chest Challenge/SMARxT Disposal

Bartlett, Elizabeth Elizabeth.Bartlett at dep.state.fl.us
Tue May 15 11:32:59 EDT 2012

Is it just me, or does this partnership agreement seem unreasonable in requiring their banner ads on state and local agency websites?  Assuming you wanted to use their service, you would probably want to put a tasteful link to their locator on your site so people could use the service.  It would be reasonable to request that you include their logo with any links for branding, etc, but the banner ad is silly. And serving as Media Contact for AMCC? I would guess they're also very aggressive about enforcing this agreement.

Really, they should be bending over backward to get accurate information from you on whatever take back or drop-off activities are planned because your information is what makes their site have value to the public.   I worked at EPA when Earth911.com was getting off the ground, and they seem to have a much more compatible business model where they provide data management assistance to state and local agencies in exchange for content on recyclers; and private sector clients provide sponsorship in exchange for green PR.  I just checked their site and they have a search category for "unwanted or expired medications."  It looks like their disposal recommendations may need to be tweaked though.

I'm just a fly on the wall with this listserv, but just had to say something about this.


Elizabeth Bartlett, Engineer IV
Program & Technical Support Section
Bureau of Waste Cleanup
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
2600 Blair Stone Rd, MS 4535
Tallahassee, FL  32399-2400
elizabeth.bartlett at dep.state.fl.us

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From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Amy.Roering at co.hennepin.mn.us
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:46 AM
To: Lucy, Burke
Cc: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] American Medicine Chest Challenge/SMARxT Disposal


Has anyone had contact with American Medicine Chest Challenge (PhRMA)? http://www.americanmedicinechest.com/

AMC links to the SMARxT Disposal web site & vice versa.  AMCC's web page posts a national drop-off locater.  But in order to be listed, you have to agree to its partnership agreement.

     I acknowledge that this partnership agreement is made between AMCC and said individual/community group. I/My
     organization agree to fully utilize the American Medicine Chest Challenge media components to the fullest extent
     possible. AMCC web banners will be placed on web site(s) of partnering organizations. All effort will be made to
     collaborate with local law enforcement to establish collection sites following all local, state, and federal
     guidelines/protocols. (Law enforcement must complete Law Enforcement Partnership Agreement). We will serve as media
     contacts for AMCC in the communities we service. This agreement is executed upon checking "I Agree" and submitting
     the form.

Amy Roering
Hennepin County | Department of Environmental Services | MC L-609
701 Fourth Avenue South, Suite 700 | Minneapolis, MN 55415 Office phone (612) 348-8992 | Cell phone (612) 382-5790 Faxes (612) 348-6510 & (612) 348-8532 amy.roering at co.hennepin.mn.us

From:   "Lucy, Burke" <Burke.Lucy at CalRecycle.ca.gov>
To:     "pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us" <pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us>
Date:   05/14/2012 07:54 PM
Subject:        RE: [Pharmwaste] USFWS updating medicine disposal guidance -    response to comment letter
Sent by:        pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us

It appears that the SMARxT Disposal website (http://www.smarxtdisposal.net/) no longer has the video or language only saying throw pharmaceutical waste in the trash (which it had last week).  They’ve added, “Take advantage of community drug take-back programs…” which is now in line with the U.S.
DEA, EPA, FDA, and White House ONDCP policy.  Thanks to Margaret Shields for spearheading the sign-on letter to the USFWS for getting that process going.

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From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Shield, Margaret
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2012 3:11 PM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] USFWS updating medicine disposal guidance - response to comment letter

Greetings.  In early November I shared with this listserv a comment letter sent to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service explaining concerns about the SMARxT medicine disposal program, a collaboration between USFWS, APhA, and PhRMA.  That comment letter had more than fifty signatories representing local agencies, law enforcement, elected officials, and individuals who encouraged USFWS to bring their medicine disposal guidance in line with other federal agencies that recommend use of medicine take-back programs.  Additional comment letters were sent in by individual agencies and organizations.

Good news: the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has responded positively to address our concerns.  See the attached response. USFWS says they will be updating the program to encourage the use of medicine take-back programs, stating:

      “Given these developments and the fact the Administration has elevated the medication disposal issue as a public health concern, we are bringing
      the SMARxT Disposal campaign up-to-date with the current guidance and encourage the use of medicine take-back programs where available, while
      clarifying that disposal of unwanted medicines in the household trash is a transitional measure until drug take-back systems are available to
      all communities.”

We hope to see that updated guidance on the SMARxT website and materials soon.  This change will provide clearer, consistent information to consumers about safe disposal of leftover medicines.

Thanks to all who worked on this!

Margaret Shield PhD, Policy Liaison
Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County
130 Nickerson Street, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98109-1658
(w) 206-263-3059

Protect Our Kids, Families, and Environment - www.TakeBackYourMeds.org
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