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GAO Finds Low Pharmacy Participation In Drug Take-Back Program

November 14, 2017
The Government Accountability Office found that less than 3 percent of pharmacies and other entities eligible to collect unused prescription drugs participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) drug take-back programs, and the low participation was primarily due to high costs and confusion over compliance with federal regulations. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) released the report Monday (Nov.13). The DEA authorizes pharmacies and other entities to dispose unused drugs to prevent misuse. “While we are disappointed in...

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