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Safe medication disposal program expanded in Prime’s home state of Minnesota

The program now includes 22 kiosks in Minnesota, and more than 1,500 nationwide, as one way to combat the misuse and abuse of medications

To help combat the opioid epidemic, Prime Therapeutics – along with AmerisourceBergen, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Pfizer, Walgreens and local elected officials – continues to roll out safe medication disposal kiosks in select Walgreens stores across the country to make safe disposal of unwanted and unused medicines easier and more convenient. Most recently, the kiosk program was expanded in Minnesota with an in-store launch event at the Bloomington, Minn. Walgreens store.

AmerisourceBergen, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Pfizer, Walgreens and local elected officials help launch safe medication disposal kiosks

Pictured: David Lassen, PharmD, chief clinical officer at Prime (second from left), Cong. Erik Paulsen (center) and Walgreens representatives

According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported overdose deaths in Minnesota have increase by 9.6 percent from January 2017 to January 2018. There were 395 opioid overdose deaths in Minnesota in 2016, marking an 18 percent increase over the previous year.

Prime, however, is seeing some encouraging results in its national membership. In the last 5 years – among Prime’s commercial book of business – its Controlled Substance Management Program has contributed to a 79 percent reduction in members who are considered at highest-risk for opioid misuse. 

“We know there is still a lot to do,” said David Lassen, PharmD, chief clinical officer at Prime Therapeutics at the event. “We appreciate Walgreens and we appreciate Rep. [Erik] Paulsen (R-MN) willingness to collaborate on this very important topic.”

Congressman Erik Paulsen attended and spoke at the event. Paulsen is a member of the Ways & Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over health care, economic and trade policy.

“[This takeback kiosk program is] such an important step everyone can take in combating the opioid epidemic,” Paulsen tweeted after the event

Find your nearest Walgreens take back kiosk.

About Prime Therapeutics

Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime) helps people get the medicine they need to feel better and live well. Prime manages pharmacy benefits for health plans, employers, and government programs including Medicare and Medicaid. The company processes claims and offers clinical services for people with complex medical conditions. Prime serves more than 27 million people. It is collectively owned by 18 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, subsidiaries or affiliates of those plans.

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