[Pharmwaste] 11 "states" signed up for Cordant Health Solutions take back

margaret.shield at cehstrategies.com margaret.shield at cehstrategies.com
Tue Aug 16 11:17:02 EDT 2016

Cordant itself may not have such facilities as it appears to be
distributing, and apparently paying for, the prepaid mailers which are then
returned to a reverse distributor.  Cordant states that on its web site but
does not provide the name of the reverse distributor.


Cordant is primarily a drug testing and toxicology lab company, that is now
nationwide due to recent merger:




Margaret Shield, PhD

Community Environmental Health Strategies, LLC

 <mailto:margaret.shield at CEHstrategies.com>
margaret.shield at CEHstrategies.com

mobile:  206-499-5452



From: Pharmwaste [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf
Of Doug Bowman
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 6:33 AM
To: 'Ed Gottlieb' <EGottlieb at cityofithaca.org>;
pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: Re: [Pharmwaste] 11 "states" signed up for Cordant Health Solutions
take back


If the patient receives a prepaid envelope (mail back package) and in turn
sends this back full of medications to Cordant Health Solutions, then
Cordant must be an "Authorized Collector" with the DEA and have an on-site
incinerator at their site where the returned mail back package(s)
(medication) in the prepaid envelope is sent to (21 CFR 1317.70 (a)).  The
prepaid envelope must also meet the requirements of 21 CFR 1370.70 (c) (1-6)




Best Regards,


Doug Bowman

V.P. Operations

704-884-0008 Office

704-616-9528 Cell

704-865-7519 Fax


From: Pharmwaste [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf
Of Ed Gottlieb
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2016 4:52 PM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
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Subject: [Pharmwaste] 11 "states" signed up for Cordant Health Solutions
take back



"Soon patients sent home with pain medication may get a prepaid envelope,
too. Once they're done with their medicine, they can mail back any unused

That's one of the scenarios that Ian Corbridge of the Washington State
Hospital Association envisions. "We're trying to make sure that we have an
easy process in place for patients to get rid of unused opiates in the
community," he said, "while also not making it too burdensome on them."

The association has collaborated with Cordant Health Solutions, a
Denver-based toxicology company. Cordant will collect the unused drugs and
dispose of them. Since the company launched the program late July, 11 states
including Washington have signed up." 

11 "states" (note small "s") signed up since late July!  Anyone know what
they are doing and where?  
I suspect that Hospital Associations (or similar) from 11 different states
are participating.
I tried calling Cordant to get more info on their program.  No answer, not
even an answering machine.  

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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