[Pharmwaste] Hawaii alows take back; CVS installs 17 kiosks. CT last state to not allow.

Ed Gottlieb EGottlieb at cityofithaca.org
Mon Sep 30 12:43:27 EDT 2019


Hawaii recently passed legislation allowing for DEA authorized take back.  This legislation is a huge improvement over a deferred 2018 bill, which would have limited pharmacies to accepting only medications they dispensed.  That is a totally unworkable option for many reasons, including that DEA rules forbid pharmacy staff from touching previously dispensed medications.

Completed Legislative Action [Hawaii]
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 24-1)
Status: Passed on July 5 2019 - 100% progression
Action: 2019-07-05 - Act 183, 07/02/2019 (Gov. Msg. No. 1285).
Text: Latest bill text (Amended) [HTML]<https://legiscan.com/HI/text/HB1272/2019>

Authorizes pharmacies to accept the return of any prescription drug for disposal via collection receptacles or mail-back programs; prohibits pharmacies from redispensing returned prescription drugs or accepting returned prescription drugs in exchange for cash or credit; requires the pharmacist-in-charge to ensure that only authorized reverse distributors acquire prescription drugs collected via collection receptacles or mail-back programs. (SD1)

Other states that cleared the way for DEA authorized pharmacy take back in the last couple of years:

Alaska; Minnesota; & Missouri

I think Connecticut is the only state with law(s) prohibiting DEA authorized pharmacy take back.

https://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2718&q=437868 (last updated Aug 20, 2019).

Will a Connecticut regulator (3 Bcc'd) please let us know if this has changed, or if a change is in progress?  If accurate, and no change is planned, will you please explain why?  Thank you!

Ed Gottlieb
Chair, Tompkins County Coalition for Safe Medication Disposal
Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator
Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility
525 3rd Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
(607) 273-8381<tel:(607)%20273-8381>

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