The EPA’s new rule regarding pharmaceutical waste disposal means that many long-term care (LTC) facilities will have to change their current practices and train employees on the new regulations. In an interview with McKnight’s Long Term Care News, Sharps Compliance’s Director of Regulatory Compliance, Wanda Lingner, explains how the new EPA rule will affect senior living facilities.
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Many senior living providers aren’t aware that some common medication disposal methods may actually be putting them at risk from a compliance standpoint while reducing operational efficiency and eroding the bottom line. A new white paper published by Sharps Compliance and Senior Housing News explains how “best practices” in medication disposal are changing and how senior living providers can benefit from new, safer pharmaceutical disposal options.
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Recent research shows that patients who receive education
and counseling about the importance of safe disposal of opioid medications are
associated with a higher likelihood of the patient properly disposing of their
unused medications. That peer-reviewed study
published in the Journal of Pain Research also found “a clear need to increase patient awareness about the
importance and methods of proper medication disposal, and a great opportunity
for health care providers to increase patient education efforts.”
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over 3.7 billion prescriptions at retail pharmacy locations in 2018, and
that number should rise as our population ages and more
people are diagnosed with chronic conditions. Both groups are statistically
more likely to take more
medications, so the need for safe and convenient disposal options is growing. At
Sharps Compliance, we’re meeting that challenge by offering safe medication disposal
solutions to ultimate users.
Continue reading “INFOGRAPHIC: Simple and Safe Medication Disposal Solutions from Sharps Compliance”
Last fall, Congress passed the “Access to Increased Drug Disposal (AIDD) Act as part of a larger package of bills aimed at controlling the national opioid epidemic. AIDD allows states to compete for $10 million in federal grants designed to increase participation in safe medication disposal programs. Five states will be chosen to receive grant money to implement drug take back demonstration projects that encourage “authorized collectors,” such as hospitals and retail pharmacies, to increase public access to drug collection boxes. Continue reading “Federal Grant Program Encourages States to Increase Drug Take Back Efforts”