[Pharmwaste] Installing RxReturn Box

Jaramillo, Jeanie Jeanie.Jaramillo at ttuhsc.edu
Fri Sep 4 13:45:42 EDT 2015

Hello Group,

As you all may or may not know, our poison center conducts community medication take back events in collaboration with local law enforcement twice per year in Abilene, Amarillo, and Lubbock, Texas. We are actually conducting events #39, 40, and 41 on Sept. 12, Oct. 3, and Oct. 17. Our affiliation with Texas Tech School of Pharmacy provides us an excellent opportunity to combine our community service program with a research initiative as well, while also utilizing pharmacy students (who have had background checks) as volunteers. We are also fortunate in our community in that both of our sheriff's departments have permanent drop boxes available to the public. However, as many of us know, not everyone will go to a law enforcement establishment for med disposal.

So, to add to the arsenal of med disposal options in our community, our poison center has partnered with our University's pharmaceutical care center (i.e. pharmacy) to install a RxReturn Box (http://www.rxreturnbox.com/) from RedBag Service. One of the factors that led us to select this product over a competitor was the option for a one-year contract. With funding never being assured on a long-term basis, and not know how this service will be received by the public, and/or how it will work out at the pharmacy, the shorter-term contract was a nice option for us. They've also been wonderful to work with. And, I am not being paid by RedBag to state this.

We're going to be logging our experience (after all we log everything else, right!) so we can share the ups and downs. It appears from the DEA website that this receptacle will be the only one within a 50 mile radius of our area. I'll keep you all updated regarding how it goes!

Jeanie Jaramillo-Stametz, PharmD
Managing Director, Texas Panhandle Poison Center
Asst. Professor, Texas Tech UHSC School of Pharmacy
Director, Medication Cleanout
1300 S. Coulter St., Suite 105
Amarillo, TX 79106
(office): (806)414-9299
(mobile): (806)376-0039

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