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prescription drug abuse

Mallinckrodt donates Rx disposal pouches to 800 Walmarts

Mallinckrodt donates Rx disposal pouches to 800 Walmarts

CHESTERFIELD, United Kingdom — Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals plans to provide 160,000 drug deactivation pouches at nearly 800 Walmart pharmacies in seven states to help customers safely dispose of leftover prescription pain medications. Mallinckrodt said Thursday that it will offer the free pouches at Walmart locations in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

CVS expands no-Rx access to naloxone

CVS expands no-Rx access to naloxone

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has extended nonprescription access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone to five more states. CVS said Thursday that patients can now get the medication at CVS Pharmacy locations in Alabama, Alaska, Illinois, Missouri and West Virginia without a prescription, allowing CVS Pharmacy patients to access the medication without an individual

CVS stores in Idaho can dispense naloxone without script

CVS stores in Idaho can dispense naloxone without script

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Pharmacy has begun providing naloxone, an opioid overdose-reversal medication, without a prescription at its drug stores in Idaho. CVS said Friday that its pharmacists will expand access to naloxone under prescriptive authority allowed by the state. The drug chain operates two stores in Idaho, in Nampa and Twin Falls. “Naloxone is

Efforts to stem prescription drug abuse heat up

Efforts to stem prescription drug abuse heat up

JANESVILLE, Wis. — House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) has lauded Walgreens for fighting the pervasive problem of prescription drug abuse and ­misuse. Ryan late last month appeared at a Walgreens outlet here, his hometown, to mark Wisconsin’s first in-store drug take-back kiosk. The retailer now has kiosks in 288 pharmacies in 21 states and

CVS to provide Narcan spray at discount

CVS to provide Narcan spray at discount

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health has partnered with Adapt Pharma to make the opioid overdose-reversal nasal spray Narcan more affordable for uninsured patients at CVS Pharmacy stores. CVS said Friday that patients buying Narcan Nasal Spray (naloxone HCl) without insurance will get a $35 discount coupon, lowering the out-of-pocket cost by nearly 25%. Under its

Drug chains step up, do their part to curb Rx abuse

NEW YORK — Drug chains are spearheading efforts to fight prescription drug abuse through a range of initiatives. CVS Health reported that its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program has donated more than 500 drug collection units to law enforcement partners across the U.S. The donation resulted in the safe disposal of more than 35

Enactment of drug abuse bill praised by Rx groups

WASHINGTON — Enactment of a new law designed to curtail drug abuse while maintaining legitimate access to medications has been hailed by pharmacy groups including the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. The legislation — which advances collaboration among health and enforcement authorities — is a positive step for people who have been affected by

Walgreens, APhA take aim at substance abuse

Walgreens, APhA take aim at substance abuse

WASHINGTON — Walgreens has teamed up with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to battle prescription drug abuse. Through the collaboration, the APhA Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies will continue to offer a substance abuse education program for pharmacists and student pharmacists. The four-day educational program, which will provide pharmacy professionals with key information and

CVS Health bolsters support of drug take-back efforts

CVS Health bolsters support of drug take-back efforts

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — To date, CVS Health has donated more than 500 drug collection units to law enforcement partners — accounting for the safe disposal of over 35 metric tons of unwanted medication — through its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program. CVS marked the achievement on Wednesday in recognition of National Prescription Drug Take

Obama signs Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act

Obama signs Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act

ARLINGTON, Va. — Pharmacy industry groups hailed the president’s approval of key legislation to help combat abuse and misuse of prescription drugs. President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed into law the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 (S. 483), which had drawn strong support from the National Association of Chain Drug

Prescription drug abuse bill ready to be signed into law

Prescription drug abuse bill ready to be signed into law

ARLINGTON, Va. — Legislation that would improve efforts to fight prescription drug abuse without impeding legitimate patients’ access to medication is set to go before President Barack Obama to be signed into law. The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 (S. 483) in the

Prescription drug abuse bill gets Senate approval

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Senate has passed the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 (S. 483), legislation that has the support of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. The bill would advance collaboration among health and enforcement authorities to achieve drug abuse solutions that maintain patients’ legitimate access to medications.

NACDS backs Senate prescription drug abuse bill

NACDS backs Senate prescription drug abuse bill

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores has endorsed legislation that would promote the collaboration of health and enforcement authorities in fighting prescription drug abuse while upholding patients’ access to medications. NACDS expressed its support of the bill, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 (S. 483), in

Obama rallies public/private efforts vs. drug abuse

Obama rallies public/private efforts vs. drug abuse

WASHINGTON — The pharmacy industry is doing its part to help stem the tide of prescription drug abuse and heroin use as part of wide-ranging, public- and private-sector efforts announced this week by President Barack Obama. At a community forum in Charleston, W.Va., Obama and administration officials highlighted the need to change prescribing practices for