To Curb Prescription Drug Abuse, Diversion, NACDS Urges DEA to Ensure Safe Disposal of Controlled Substances

Published Online: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Follow Pharmacy_Times:
PRESS RELEASE

February 19, 2013

Arlington, Va. – In continuing efforts to thwart prescription drug abuse and diversion, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) today urged the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to ensure a safe and secure process for the disposal of controlled substances. 

In December, the DEA published a proposed rule to govern the secure disposal of controlled substances by both DEA registrants (including pharmacies) and users (patients and others on their behalf).  NACDS’ comments are in response to this proposed rule.

In its comments, NACDS noted its appreciation for DEA’s commitment to dispose of unwanted controlled substances in the proposed rule, but cited concerns with the manner in which disposal may be carried out.

NACDS expressed support for mail-back programs so that patients can mail unwanted controlled substances to be disposed of properly.  However the association cited an undue burden on community pharmacies in tracking unique identification numbers on mail-back packages.

NACDS also cited the importance of ensuring that the requirements for maintaining collection receptacles in community pharmacies are easily administered by the pharmacy, and are aligned with other laws and regulations concerning pharmaceutical and hazardous waste. 

“We share DEA’s goal of working towards a safe and appropriate lawful means for consumers to return their unused medications to authorized entities for destruction,” NACDS stated in its comments.

In addition to its support of proper disposal options, NACDS also supports collaboration among law enforcement agencies to combat prescription drug abuse and diversion.  NACDS supports the creation of a commission comprised of DEA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and others – via legislation – to foster unprecedented collaboration among the law enforcement and health communities.  This concept gained interest during the Prescription Drug User Fee Act debate last year in Congress.  NACDS issued a letter to the editor to The Wall Street Journal on this topic, following their “Making the ‘Pharmacy Crawl’” article last fall.

Related Articles
The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in conjunction with various other stakeholder organizations has recently released a consensus document titled “Stakeholders’ Challenges and Red Flag Warning Signs Related to Prescribing and Dispensing Controlled Substances.”
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores lends its support to S. 483, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015.
The value of collaboration through the National Association of Chain Drug Stores was on display today, as the NACDS Regional Chain Conference explored business-to-business partnerships and a public policy agenda that benefits patients and consumers.
A proposal in the Budget of the U.S. Government, Fiscal Year 2016 to increase prescription drug co-payments for TRICARE beneficiaries met with concern by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.
Latest Issues
  • photo
    Pharmacy Times
    photo
    Health-System Edition
    photo
    Directions in Pharmacy
    photo
    OTC Guide
    photo
    Generic Supplements
  • photo
    Pharmacy Careers
    photo
    Specialty Pharmacy Times
    photo
    Generic
$auto_registration$