New solutions for unused drugs.
A dilute stream of prescription drugs flows through the nation's rivers. To help cut that flow, representatives of the federal government and a pharmacists' trade group want consumers to stop flushing most old drugs down the toilet.
Some 3 to 7 percent of dispensed medicines go unused, according to according to
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3. estimates by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is an industry trade group representing the pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies in the United States. in Washington, D.C. Pharmacy groups had generally recommended flushing away these leftovers, arguing that the practice prevents pets and curious children from retrieving drugs from wastebaskets.
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On March 17, the American Pharmacists Association The American Pharmacists Association (previously known as the American Pharmaceutical Association) is the first-established professional society of pharmacists within the United States and has over 60,000 members. It was founded in 1852. (APhA) signed a formal agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create the SMA (1) See SMA connector.
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The program will recommend that consumers dispose of unused drugs through their municipal hazardous-waste-collection programs, where they exist. Trash will be promoted as the next-best outlet.
Before disposing of the drugs, individuals will be asked to crush pills or dissolve them in water; add them to sawdust, kitty litter, or some other inedible material; and then seal the mix in a plastic bag. Certain potent narcotics narcotics n. 1) techinically, drugs which dull the senses. 2) a popular generic term for drugs which cannot be legally possessed, sold, or transported except for medicinal uses for which a physician or dentist's prescription is required. will be exempt from this program. Federal officials still want these drugs flushed down the toilet.
"Ultimately, we'd like a national take-back program," in which pharmacies would dispose of consumers' unused medications, says Joe Starinchak of the Fish and Wildlife Service in Arlington, Va.