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Medical News & Perspectives
July 2, 2008

States Try Medication Recycling Programs

JAMA. 2008;300(1):28. doi:10.1001/jama.300.1.28

To increase access to prescription drugs and reduce health care costs, a growing number of states are exploring medication recycling programs.

As of March 2008, at least 34 states had enacted laws that allow needy residents to receive unused medications from state institutions, nursing homes, and other facilities. The programs, some of which are not yet in operation, are among various approaches states are exploring to reduce spending and improve access, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.