More than 100 environmental and health organizations, agencies, activists and even state legislators sent a signed a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Ostroff urging the FDA to end its “flush list” recommendation. The group instead suggested creating a single disposal guidance system, such as a secure medicine take-back program, that is endorsed by all federal agencies and is consistently communicated on all federal websites and materials. The coalition also encouraged the FDA to work more closely with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy to develop clear and consistent guidance for consumers regarding the safe disposal of leftover household medications.

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