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May 28, 2013 > Alameda County Medication Disposal Conference

Alameda County Medication Disposal Conference

Submitted By Guy Ashley

With final approval of the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Regulations in March of 2013, the MEDS Coalition under the leadership of Supervisor Nate Miley is hosting a one day conference May 30, 2013 to review the regulations in detail while supporting the development of a Product Stewardship Program in the County. The program features seasoned product stewardship leaders including Scott Cassell, Executive Director of the Product Stewardship Institute in Boston, MA; Ginette Vanasse, the Executive Director of The Post Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association in Ottawa, Canada; and Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director of California Product Stewardship Council.

Designed for drug manufacturers, pharmacy owners, pharmacists, and policy makers, the conference offers stakeholders the opportunity to learn directly about details of the regulations, model programs and pharmacy take-back sites. "We're focused on supporting interested parties and helping them to understand the next steps in providing this vital service to Alameda County residents," remarked Supervisor Miley.

The Conference agenda will feature keynote speaker Stevan Gressitt, MD, founding director of the International Institute of Pharmaceutical Safety and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Gressitt's recent emphasis has been learning to maximize clinical benefits from understanding what medications go unused. This information would certainly reduce the overall costs of medications for everyone. "I think we should humanize the process of disposing meds so we can get it done easily," says Dr. Gressitt.

The afternoon program focuses on the role of the pharmacy as 'central' to the take-back process, with speakers Ramon Castellblanch, Associate Professor of Public Health, San Francisco State, pharmacist Aarondeep Basrai, from Hallers Pharmacy in Fremont, and Larry McCarty of Sharps Solutions, the company that regularly picks up the take-back bins from the San Francisco pilot program funded by a grant for PHARMA and Genentech, of South San Francisco.

The program runs from 9 am to 3 pm at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave, Castro Valley, CA. The cost is $45 including lunch. The program will be available for participation through the web.

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