Rite Aid Encourages Customers to Dispose of Medication Safely with New Medication Disposal Program

Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:55am GMT

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Rite Aid Encourages Customers to Dispose of Medication Safely with New Medication Disposal Program

Special Envelopes Offer a Safe and Easy Way to Dispose of Prescription and OTC Medications

To help its customers safely dispose of unused, outdated or unwanted medications, Rite Aid pharmacies now have specially-designed disposal envelopes available for purchase. Customers can place unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications in the envelope. Once sealed and placed in any U.S. Postal Service mailbox, the envelope is sent to an approved medication incinerator, where a licensed law enforcement official oversees the safe and environmentally-friendly disposal process. Postage is included in the cost of the envelope, which is $3.99.

Rite Aid is working with Sharps Compliance Corporation, a leading full-service provider of cost-effective solutions for disposing of medical waste and unused medications, to provide the envelopes.

The envelopes are available at all Rite Aid pharmacies except in Maine, where another type of disposal program is available.

“For years, Rite Aid has participated in community medication take-back events organized by local health officials and law enforcement agencies,” said Dan Miller, Rite Aid Senior Vice President of Pharmacy. “Our customers often ask how to dispose of medication. By making these envelopes available in our stores, we’re offering an easy and safe disposal solution for customers looking to safely dispose of expired, unused or unwanted medications.”

Controlled medications are excluded from this program due to current federal regulations.

Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with more than 4,700 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2010 annual revenues of $25.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Rite Aid
Ashley Flower, 860-966-1727