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GPhA Supports 10th Annual DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Contact: Steve Arnoff 202.249.7113

WASHINGTON, DC (September 25, 2015) — The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) applauds the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) 10th annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, taking place September 26, 2015 at locally designated collection sites across the country.

This day is designed to facilitate the safe disposal of prescription medicines that are unwanted or expired. Its continued success is the result of hard work and a collaborative effort at all levels of government and tribal law enforcement, local officials, community leaders and pharmaceutical industry partners.

“While the easiest way to avoid the accumulation of unused or expired medicines is to use all medicines as directed, proper disposal helps to avoid safety or health complications,” said Chip Davis, President and CEO of the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA). “Every American can do their part and National Take-Back Day activities go a long way toward deterring misuse and abuse, particularly among seniors and families with small children or teenagers.”

According to the DEA, the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014 have resulted in the collection of 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of drugs.

More details including a list of collection sites can be found at www.dea.gov.

 

About GPhA

GPhA represents the manufacturers and distributors of finished generic pharmaceuticals, manufacturers and distributors of bulk pharmaceutical chemicals, and suppliers of other goods and services to the generic industry. Generic pharmaceuticals fill 86 percent of the prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. but consume just 27 percent of the total drug spending. Additional information is available at gphaonline.org. Follow us on twitter: @gpha.