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  • NJ A1828
  • Requires pharmacies to install and maintain secure prescription medication drop-off receptacles, and Division of Consumer Affairs to post receptacle location information online.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires pharmacy practice sites that dispense prescription drugs and medications to install and maintain a prescription medication drop-off receptacle, wherein unused or expired prescription drugs and other common household medications may be anonymously deposited by members of the public. A pharmacy practice site would be required to make its receptacle accessible to the public during the pharmacy practice site's ordinary business hours. Each pharmacy practice site will be required to obtain such registrations, licenses, and authorizations as may be required under federal law to enable the pharmacy to comply with the provisions of the bill. Prescription drugs and other medications deposited in the receptacles would be destroyed in a manner consistent with federal, State, and local laws, which may include on-site destruction or transport or transfer to a person or entity authorized to accept controlled dangerous substances for the purpose of destroying the substances. The bill requires every pharmacy practice site to install a receptacle and meet any other requirements necessary to comply with the bill within one year after the effective date of the bill, but allows the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety to grant a waiver allowing a pharmacy practice site additional time to comply with the requirements of the bill, or a complete exemption from these requirements, in situations involving serious financial hardship or where a pharmacy practice site can demonstrate it has been or will be unable to obtain a necessary registration, license, or authorization. Until such time as a pharmacy practice site installs a prescription medication drop-off receptacle on its premises and satisfies any other necessary requirements, the pharmacy practice site will be required to display, in a conspicuous location, notice informing members of the public of the location of the closest law enforcement agency where a secure prescription medication drop-off receptacle is located. The Division of Consumer Affairs will be required to post on its Internet website a list of the locations of all secure prescription medication drop-off locations in the State, including the hours of operation at each location. The list will include receptacles maintained by the division, receptacles located at pharmacy practice sites, and receptacles located at participating law enforcement agencies, as well as any receptacle located in the State that is approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration. The website will also include information about mobile receptacles and collection events. The bill would provide immunity from civil and criminal liability and administrative disciplinary action for damages arising out of an action taken by an individual, including an employee of a pharmacy practice site, in good faith in connection with the administration or implementation of the provisions of the bill. However, this immunity would not extend to damages that are the direct result of the gross negligence, recklessness, or knowing misconduct of the person, and would not be construed to limit or constrain in any way a prosecution for a criminal offense involving illegal drugs under the "Comprehensive Drug Reform Act of 1987."
Health and Senior Services
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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