The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA's) Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances, which implements the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, was recently made available online (click here). The Act, in an effort to curtail the prescription drug abuse epidemic, authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods to transfer unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors for the purpose of disposal. The Act also permits long-term-care facilities to do the same on behalf of residents or former residents of their facilities. The Final Rule took effect on October 9 and can be viewed here.
Affiliate Executives and Presidents--Many of you received this information from Paul Abramowitz today, and some of your organizations have already sent out information to your members; however, we wanted to be sure that you had seen this news, along with the accompanying press release as well. You will be receiving much more information about this milestone activity in the near future. Press Release Link: ASHP Applauds Introduction of Bill That Recognizes Pharmacists as Providers