Medicare Advantage Plans: The Basics for Physicians and Patients

Updated May 2022


As the country grapples with an opioid epidemic, a frontline of this battle is preventing unused medications from getting into the hands of those who might misuse them. Appropriate disposal of unused medications is paramount for success in this area; however, it is also important to dispose of these medications without harming the environment or others.

It is important to remember that it is not lawful for physicians to take custody of a patient’s prescription medication for the purpose of disposal unless the physician is a licensed collector.

This issue brief will provide physicians with resources to guide their patients on how to properly dispose of prescription medications, as well as information for physicians on disposal of sample medications at their offices.

To view this Issue Brief in its entirety, click Get Resource.

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