Drug Take Back

Important Notice - Action Required by July 5, 2019

Important Notice to Manufacturers and Organizations Intending to
Submit a Proposal to Operate a Drug Take Back Program in New York State

Pursuant to Chapter 120 Laws of 2018, the New York State Drug Take Back Act (DTB) mandates that manufacturers establish, fund, and manage a New York State approved drug take back program(s) for the safe collection and disposal of unused covered drugs. Pharmacies of ten or more establishments within NYS and non-resident pharmacies that provide covered drugs to NYS residents by mail must implement such programs by providing consumers with a pre- approved method(s) of collection and disposal, free of charge to the consumer and pharmacy.

Chapter 120 Laws of 2018 states:

  • DTB takes effect on January 6, 2019.
  • On or before February 5, 2019, wholesalers must provide a list to the Department of Health (DOH) of manufacturers that produce covered drugs sold in New York State.
  • On or before July 5, 2019, manufacturers or organizations contracted by manufacturers must submit drug take back program proposals to DOH.
  • DOH, in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), will approve or deny proposed drug take back programs within 60 days of receipt.
    • If program proposal is not approved, the applicant has 30 days to submit an amended proposal.
    • If the subsequent proposal is rejected, the manufacturer(s) shall be out of compliance with DTB.

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