Drug Take Back

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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