Thursday, May 24, 2012
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