[Pharmwaste] Donation of unused medications

Gressitt, Stevan Stevan.Gressitt at maine.gov
Fri Nov 20 11:26:12 EST 2009

One other addition to the concept of actually accepting the need for
systems design to include controlled drugs is the perhaps more
significant message that upstream waste prevention techniques need
consideration. And educating prescribers has a long and checkered most
often failed history so there is a role for regulatory involvement as in
curtailing all first prescriptions to 15 days. We have started that and
I note that the actuarial types who reviewed this before it was in place
predicted cost savings along with less waste. 


Stevan Gressitt, M.D., Medical Director

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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
VeoraLittle at aol.com
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 11:14 AM
To: prigsby at fhca.org; Jeanie.Jaramillo at ttuhsc.edu;
pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Cc: Nathan.Skaggs at ttuhsc.edu
Subject: Re: [Pharmwaste] Donation of unused medications


Absolutely true.  This is where Operation Medicine Cabinet is very


Our pharmaceutical take back program (events bi annually---working on
permanent drop boxes at law enforcement facilities at present that
comply with DEA regulations that exist at present)  


 Here in Florida we have a simple and effective way of collecting all
medications and controlled substances in coordination with Drug Free
Collier and the Collier County Sheriff's Office.  


This program is being conducted in several counties throughout Florida
and has been endorsed by the Florida Crime Prevention Association just
last month.  Anyone wanting information on how to set up this simple and
very effective program, please contact

veoralittle at aol.com.  Thank you Veora Little, CRNA 


In a message dated 11/20/2009 11:05:37 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
prigsby at fhca.org writes:

	All the info you are receiving is fine but nothing helps with
controlled substances...that's where the real problem is.


	Peggy D. Rigsby

	Director of Government Services

	Florida Health Care Association

	307 W. Park Ave.

	Tallahassee, FL  32301

	prigsby at fhca.org

	850-224-3907 office

	850-556-9347 cell


	From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us
[mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of
Jaramillo, Jeanie
	Sent: Thursday, November 19, 2009 5:04 PM
	To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
	Cc: Skaggs, Nathan
	Subject: [Pharmwaste] Donation of unused medications


	Does anyone have a good resource for information on the donation
of unused medicines or information that basically prohibits this?  I
have a pharmacist who supplies meds to long term care facilities in
blister packs and is interested in donating unused portions.  Also,
having recently conducted a take-back program, we collected numerous
items from the public that were still factory-sealed.  Thank you. 


	Jeanie Jaramillo, PharmD

	Managing Director, Texas Panhandle Poison Center

	Assistant Professor, Texas Tech UHSC School of Pharmacy

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