This is the second phase of the Protect Your Pharmacy Program developed by NCPA last year, focusing on crime prevention in commuity pharmacies. NCPA is now developing a nation-wide public service patient safety program to provide consumers with a safe and environmentally friendly process to return unused and unneeded medications for proper disposal. The program gets underway during the 40th anniversary of Earth Week, April 17-22, 2010, and continues on an on-going basis. A special consumer website is being developed that will be on-going and will provide consumer education and a zip locator to locate participating pharmacies. A unique aspect of the Dispose My Meds program is a patient survey that will identify reasons why the medicine is no longer used, name and dose of medication, estimate of quantity returned, and track pharmacist intervention from an adherence and compliance perspective. NCPA intends to partner with a pharmacy school to assess the patient surveys and compile results, which will be shared with the broad community pharmacy audience. NCPA also is working with NASPA and NABP on this initiartive.
National Community Pharmcists Association