Louisiana Board of Pharmacy - State of Louisiana

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Medication Disposal Programs

  • Federal rules prohibit the transfer of previously dispensed controlled substances to any person for whom the product was not prescribed.
  • Board rules prohibit a pharmacy from accepting a previously dispensed prescription drug product for return, exchange, or redispensing once the product has been removed from the pharmacy [with two narrow exceptions - charitable pharmacies and pharmacies in state-operated penal institutions].

With these restrictions in place, we encourage pharmacists to include information on appropriate disposal methods for unwanted or unused medication during their patient counseling sessions.For those pharmacies electing to participate in medication disposal programs, the Board offers the following guidance.

 

Community Based Medication Disposal Program

This is a pre-announced event where patients deposit unwanted and unused medications at a pre-designated location that has pharmacy and law enforcement supervision.

  • Requires U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approval for law enforcement officer to accept any controlled substances.  Contact DEA Special Agent in Charge at New Orleans District Office, at (504) 840-1100.
  • Requires law enforcement agency support to place at least one officer at location for duration of event.
  • Requires at least one pharmacist at location for duration of event.
  • Requires arrangement with reverse distributor, or in the alternative, licensed transport of medications to an incineration facility for high temperature destruction.

 

Pharmacy Based Medication Disposal Program

For as long as it elects to participate, the pharmacy may allow patients to deposit unwanted and unused medications in special disposal receptacles.

  • Requires pharmacist to screen all deposits - at the time of deposit - to ensure no controlled substances are included in the deposits.
  • With pharmacist screening, no law enforcement participation is necessary.
  • Requires arrangement with reverse distributor, or in the alternative, licensed transport of medication to an incineration facility for high temperature destruction.