Albertsons pharmacies to offer DisposeRx for drug disposal

Albertsons this week rolled out a new offering meant to help patients dispose of their unused medication at home. The Boise, Idaho-based retailer has rolled out DisposeRx to its more than 1,800 pharmacies in 24 states across its various banners.

DisposeRx is a packet that contains a proprietary water-activated powder. Patients pour the powder into medicine bottle with their leftover pills, add water and shake for 30 seconds. The powder helps form a thick, nontoxic and nonhazardous gel that makes the pills unusable, and the bottle can be discarded in the trash.

“Effective, eco-friendly home disposal of leftover opioids and other medications is a health and safety goal that we share with our customers,” said Mark Panzer, Albertsons senior vice president of pharmacy, health and wellness. “Patient education is an important part of our mission, and pharmacists are on the front lines when it comes to preventing the misuse of opioids. DisposeRx makes at-home medication disposal for patients or their caregivers easy and convenient. In less than a minute, patients can prevent their leftover opioids from being diverted in their communities, prevent accidental poisonings in the home, and avoid polluting the water supply.”

Albertsons said it also is standard practice to discuss risks associated with opioid and controlled substance medications with patients, and now will add instructions on how to use DisposeRx, which is available without a prescription. The company also has trained pharmacists at more than 1,700 locations to administer naloxone, and more than 4,500 Albertsons pharmacists are trained to counsel patients about the opioid overdose-reversal drug.

“For more than 80 years, the Albertsons. family of stores has shown unwavering commitment to providing quality products and superior service for its millions of customers in thousands of communities across our country,” said William Simpson, president of DisposeRx. “By offering DisposeRx packets and education at their pharmacy counters, Albertsons Companies Pharmacies further illustrate that dedication by working to prevent opioid abuse and misuse and keeping customers and communities safe.”