U.S. to allow pharmacies to take back unused prescription drugs


WSJ: In an effort to get addictive painkillers off the street, federal authorities will allow pharmacies and clinics to take back unused prescription drugs from patients.

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WSJ: In an effort to get addictive painkillers off the street, federal authorities will allow pharmacies and clinics to take back unused prescription drugs from patients.

The change, to be issued in new government regulations, will address a long-standing complaint from those fighting opioid addiction that government rules make it difficult to safely dispose of unused pills. Under current rules for controlled substances, even a pharmacy that fills a painkiller prescription may not take back any unused pills.

While pharmacies haven’t generally wanted the hassle of being responsible for old pills, some are expected to heed the government’s call, in part to show they are making good faith efforts to keep drugs out of the wrong hands.

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