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MPhA Virtual Coffee Break: Medication Recycling
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2/20/2019
When: February 20, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CST)
Where: Online Webinar
United States


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Medication Recycling: A Win-Win Solution to Medication Waste and Medication Need

Online Webinar

More than 40% of Americans report struggling to pay for their medications. At the same time, every year Long Term Care (LTC) facilities in the United States (including Minnesota) are throwing away billions of dollars worth of safe medication. Medication repositories allow LTC facilities to donate their unused, safe medications that would otherwise be wasted to patients who can’t afford them.

Medication repositories can lower the cost of medication, improve health care outcomes, reduce health care spending at the state level, and even remove pollutants from the environment. Twenty-one states already have functioning medication repository programs, but state law currently prohibits this common-sense solution in Minnesota.

This presentation will review what medication repositories are, including the logistics. We will also cover the state legislation that is being proposed and will end with suggestions specific for Minnesota to have a strong program successfully implemented.

Upon completion of this activity, technicians should be able to:

  1. Define what a medication repository is.
  2. Understand the medication needs and medication waste and how medication repositories can help with these problems.
  3. Understand the logistics of a medication repository program within Minnesota.
  4. Understand the legislation that is going forward to allow for medication repositories within Minnesota.

Upon completion of this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  1. Define what a medication repository is.
  2. Understand the medication needs and medication waste and how medication repositories can help with these problems.
  3. Understand the logistics of a medication repository program within Minnesota.
  4. Understand the legislation that is going forward to allow for medication repositories within Minnesota.

Speaker:

Rowan MahonRowan Mahon

Rowan Mahon holds an MPH from the University of Minnesota and is currently a PharmD/MHI student at the University. In 2017 she founded the Public-health Advocacy Student Alliance, which is an interprofessional student organization at the University of Minnesota representing different health care professions including Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Healthcare Administration. PHASA works under the mission of empowering students to improve health disparities through policy and advocacy measures. Rowan was the head organizer for PHASA’s legislative effort and played a key role in forming the legislation that was created last session. She can be reached at mahon353@umn.edu to answer questions regarding medication repositories.

Registration Fees:

The cost is $25 for non-members. MPhA pharmacist members, pharmacy technician members and student members may attend at no cost.


Continuing Education:

This presentation is being submitted to the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy for Continuing Education credit approval (one hour).

To receive Board of Pharmacy credits for this program, the following must be completed:

  • Full participation/completion of webinar either during the live program or the archived presentation

  • Completion of survey post webinar acknowledging participation

Board of Pharmacy credit processing takes place on the 15th of each month.

The Minnesota Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Questions? Please contact info@mpha.org with questions about credits.

Please contact joef@mpha.org with any technical questions or issues.

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