Safe medicine disposal options

A Conversation with Douglas Throckmorton, M.D., Deputy Director for Regulatory Programs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA - Last year Americans filled 4.3 billion prescriptions. It is clear that prescription drugs play an important role in managing a range of medical conditions and are widely used in homes across the United States.. But the drug life-cycle is not complete until the medicine has been consumed in its entirety or eventually discarded properly. However, little attention is given to the potential risks, such as accidental exposure or intentional misuse, related to improper medicine disposal. Where should unused and expired medicines go? Let’s look at drug disposal and get a better understanding of why it’s important to safeguard medicines in the home and how to properly dispose them when no longer needed.