CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. pharmacies are carrying specially designed drug disposal envelopes, targeting them to customers who want to safely get rid of unused, outdated or unwanted medications.
Customers can put unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications in the envelope and, once sealed. place the envelope in any U.S. Postal Service mailbox. The envelope is then sent to an approved medication incinerator, where a licensed law enforcement official oversees the safe, environmentally friendly disposal process.
Postage is included in the cost of the envelope, which is $3.99.
Rite Aid is working with Sharps Compliance Corp., a provider of solutions for disposing of medical waste and unused medications, to provide the envelopes. The envelopes are available at all Rite Aid pharmacies except in Maine (where another type of disposal program is available).
“Our customers often ask how to dispose of medication,” comments senior vice president of pharmacy Dan Miller. “By making these envelopes available in our stores, we’re offering an easy solution for customers looking to safely dispose of expired, unused or unwanted medications.”
He notes that because of federal regulations, controlled medications are excluded from this program.
“Rite Aid’s selection of our product underscores Sharps’ position as an innovative leader in providing solutions for the proper handling and disposal of individuals’ unused, unwanted or expired prescription or O-T-C medications,” says David Tusa, president and chief executive officer of Sharps Compliance.
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