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GPhA Supports National Prescription Take Back Day

Contact: Steve Arnoff 202.249.7113 

WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 21, 2016) — The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) supports the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, taking place October 22, 2016 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.

“It is a public health and patient safety imperative that patients take medicines as prescribed and adhere to the instructions of their doctor, pharmacist or healthcare provider,” said Chip Davis, President and CEO, GPhA. “Prescription adherence, safe storage and proper disposal help prevent drug abuse. Take Back events raise awareness on this important issue and provide patients a safe way to clear their medicine cabinets and avoid safety or health risks.”

The previous Take Back Day resulted in DEA and over 4,200 of its state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners collecting 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicines—about 447 tons—at almost 5,400 sites spread through all 50 states.

More details including a list of collection sites can be found at

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 89% of the prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. but consume just 27% of the total drug spending. Additional information is available at Follow us on twitter: @gpha.