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Pharmacists, Industry Focus on Environment With National Consumer Campaign

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 General News J E 4
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Initiative Underscores Impact of Improper Medication Disposal on Wildlife and Public Health



In response to a growing concern about the improper disposal of unused or expired medications the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) will announce a joint initiative. The consumer outreach program is designed to educate American consumers about the potential environmental and public health impacts of improperly disposing of unused prescription and over-the-counter medications. The program will be unveiled during the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition, March 14-17, 2008 in San Diego, CA. A formal signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the USFWS, PhRMA and APhA will be held.



WHAT: Announcement on Joint Medication Disposal Efforts



WHEN: Monday, March 17, 2008, 11:15am - noon PT



WHERE: San Diego Convention Center, Newsroom (Room 25B)



There will also be a call-in number for media unable to attend the live press conference.



The call-in number is 1-866-809-4014, Passcode: 4297558.



WHO: Dr. John A. Gans, Executive Vice President and CEO, American Pharmacists Association



Mimi Simoneaux -Kneuer, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America



Gary Frazer, Assistant Director, Fisheries and Habitat Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service



About The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service



The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service.



About The American Pharmacists Association



The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, represents more than 63,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States.



About Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)



The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country's leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. PhRMA companies are leading the way in the search for new cures. PhRMA members alone invested an estimated $43 billion in 2006 in discovering and developing new medicines. Industry-wide research and investment reached a record $55.2 billion in 2006.



/PRNewswire-USNewswire - March 11/



SOURCE Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
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