[Pharmwaste] Program closes, lack of funds. MO 4th state to not allow pharmacy take back?

Grossman, Christine (DEQ) GROSSMANC at michigan.gov
Thu Feb 12 12:15:46 EST 2015

The Michigan's Board of Pharmacy rules for utilization/disposal are found on-line at http://www7.dleg.state.mi.us/orr/Files/AdminCode/1263_2013-071LR_AdminCode.pdf.

The Michigan solid waste regulations that would apply to household generated unwanted drugs collected at a pharmacy.  Those are found under Part 115<http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/mcl/pdf/mcl-451-1994-ii-3-115.pdf> of the Michigan Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act.  The solid waste provisions of this act were amended on 3/4/14 to formally authorize waste diversion centers to collect pharmaceuticals and divert them from landfills, along with other household hazardous wastes, so long as they were destined for and environmentally preferred management method.  The waste diversion center operating requirements are found under Section 11524b of Part 115.  We advocate the pharmaceuticals be incinerated to destroy the chemicals within the drugs, preventing them from entering  our water.

For non-household generated drugs, we have a tutorial<http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3585_57802_4173-285527--,00.html>, a pharmaceutical waste management guide<http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-p2-MHA-Guide-Rev_393335_7.pdf>, and a guide example posting<http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-oea-mha-guideexample_396991_7.pdf> to help health care navigate through the various regulations and select a management option that considers the waste handling requirements for the various wastes they generate.  All of these resources and more on Michigan regulations can be found at www.michigan.gov/deqhealthcare<http://www.michigan.gov/deqhealthcare> under the Waste Health Care Resources Web link.


Christine Grossman, Compliance Assistance Specialist
Training and Outreach Unit, Office of Environmental Assistance, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
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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 Tiemeier, Amy
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2015 10:43 AM
To: Ed Gottlieb; pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: RE: [Pharmwaste] Program closes, lack of funds. MO 4th state to not allow pharmacy take back?

Currently the MO law does not allow for pharmacies to do take back. That being said, when the new rules and regs came out, the MO Board of Pharmacy as well as the BNDD and other state agencies started discussing this. My understanding is that they intend to change the state regulations to allow this and there should be an emergency order coming out soon.
In the St. Louis area we still have law enforcement providing med take back through funds and a partnership with a non-profit (www.missourip2d2.org<http://www.missourip2d2.org>) that pays for incineration for partner law enforcement.
Please let me know if you have any other questions as I am very involved with this issue in St. Louis!

Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS
Director, Community Partnerships
Associate Director, Office of Experiential Education
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

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From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us<mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us> [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Ed Gottlieb
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2015 8:01 AM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us<mailto:pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us>
Subject: [Pharmwaste] Program closes, lack of funds. MO 4th state to not allow pharmacy take back?

Another take back program has been forced to close due to the DEA pull out.


This story reports that Missouri state law prohibits pharmacy take back.  Missouri is not one of the states (Georgia, Oklahoma and Hawaii) previously identified as not permitting pharmacy take back.

Can anyone confirm if Missouri state law prohibits pharmacy take back?  If an response is not forthcoming, would anyone from the Show-Me state volunteer to contact your state Board of Pharmacy to ask about restrictions and, if they exist, find out when they will change them to be aligned with the new federal rule?  Thanks!

Any volunteers from Georgia, Oklahoma and Hawaii willing to do the same?
Maybe the gentle pressure of inquires will help motivate those state pharmacy boards to take action sooner.
Ed Gottlieb
Chair, Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal
Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator
Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility
525 3rd Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
(607) 273-8381
fax: (607) 273-8433
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