New York to launch a new way to dispose of medications

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York approved a new drug takeback program on July 10 to ensure the proper disposal of unused or unwanted medication. The program requires pharmacies with at least 10 outlets, such as CVS Health or Walmart, to accept old prescription or nonprescription drugs for disposal.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York approved a new drug takeback program on July 10 to ensure the proper disposal of unused or unwanted medication. The program requires pharmacies with at least 10 outlets, such as CVS Health or Walmart, to accept old prescription or nonprescription drugs for disposal. The program also requires drug manufacturers to cover the cost of collecting the drugs, while mail-order prescription companies will be required to provide patients with prepaid envelopes to mail back unused drugs. The bill is "a balanced, manageable, statewide approach that will ensure New Yorkers in every community, rural and urban, will have safe and convenient ways to remove medications, including opiates, from their homes," said Kathy Febraio, executive director of the state Pharmacists Society.