New Jersey P.L. 2015, c.66, which became effective on January 1, 2016, requires prescribers and pharmacies to provide a notice about drug take back programs to each patient upon dispensing a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) prescription medication. Under the new law:
- If a prescriber dispenses any CDS prescription drug or medicine, the prescribers must provide the patient with a notice prepared by the Division of Consumer Affairs (the DCA) , and
- Pharmacies that dispense prescription drugs (other than long-term care pharmacies) must distribute the DCA notice with any CDS prescription medication that is dispensed to an individual located in New Jersey.
- A copy of the DCA notice is available for download on the DCA's website at: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop/Documents/Unused-medications.pdf or http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop/Documents/Unused-MedicationsSpanish.pdf (En Español).
In order to comply with the requirements of Project Medicine Drop, prescribers and pharmacies must do one of the following:
- Download the notice from the DCA's website and provide a hard copy to the patient;
- Download the notice from the DCA's website and email an electronic copy to the patient; or
- Post a copy of the DCA notice in a conspicuous location and insert the following text in another document (for example, the prescription drug monograph) that is provided to the patient:
The following is the DCA Notice:
SAFE and SECURE MEDICINE DISPOSAL
Unused medications that remain in your medicine cabinet are susceptible to theft and misuse. To prevent medications from getting into the wrong hands, New Jersey's Office of the Attorney General and Division of Consumer Affairs urge you to properly dispose of your expired and unwanted prescription medicine at a nearby Project Medicine Drop location. DROP OFF IS SIMPLE, ANONYMOUS AND AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY – 365 DAYS A YEAR, NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Simply bring in your prescription and over-the-counter medications and discard them in an environmentally safe manner. Always scratch out the identifying information on any medicine container you are discarding. For a list of Project Medicine Drop locations, please visit http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop.
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