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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

HB 6155 would clear the way for medicine collections at pharmacies in Illinois

In April 2012, Rep. Michelle Mussman introduced HB 6155. This bill would amend the Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act by allowing any licensed pharmacy in Illinois to display a locked and secure container suitable for use as a collection receptacle for expired or unwanted medicines. The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation would be required to adopt rules to facilitate the receipt of medication and prescription drugs under these provisions. If passed, the bill would go into effect on July 1, 2013. It is currently assigned to the Rules Committee.

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Does this include controlled substances?
by Kathy Rodgers on Friday 6/1/2012

Great question. The short answer is no (not yet). Due to language in the Controlled Substances Act, pharmacies are not allowed to accept controlled substances from residential sources (except in the case of a recall). However, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 authorized the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to develop new regulations that would authorize entities other than the person who was prescribed the controlled substance, or law enforcement officers, to be able to collect the medications for disposal. The DEA has written the regulations and they are under review right now. They could be out for public comment by August. It is likely that the new regulations would allow pharmacies to collect controlled substances. If that is the case, then the collection bins in pharmacies that HB 6155 would authorize, if the bill passes, would be able to accept controlled substances along with the non-controlled substances.
by Laura Kammin on Friday 6/1/2012

Posted by Laura Kammin at 4:39PM on 5/24/2012
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