Prescription medications are critical to the health and quality of life for millions of Americans. Unfortunately, not all unused prescription drugs are properly disposed.
Patient safety and environmental safety are top priorities of the generic and biosimilars industry. AAM supports providing the public with an accessible and proper avenue for disposal that both works to reduce the opportunity for the misuse and abuse of prescription medicines and decreases the potential for any environmental impact these products could create.
AAM supports educational campaigns that teach consumers the importance of taking their medicines as prescribed and of properly disposing of any unused medicines.
AAM urges legislators and policymakers to join industry in promoting robust public education campaigns to teach consumers the importance of properly discarding unused medicines.
AAM and its members support efforts to raise awareness through consumer education programs and public awareness campaign and support the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) biannual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
AAM participates in a coalition of industry, scientific experts and academia – as well as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the American Pharmacists Association and others – all committed to working with policymakers to openly address concerns and help provide answers to questions around the proper disposal of pharmaceuticals.