New solutions for unused drugs

By Janet Raloff, 15:56 PM April 15, 2008

A dilute stream of prescription drugs flows through the nation's rivers. To help cut that flow, representatives of the federal government and a pharmacists' trade group want consumers to stop flushing most old drugs down the toilet.

Some 3 to 7 percent of dispensed medicines go unused, according to estimates by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America in Washington, D.C. Pharmacy groups had generally recommended flushing away these leftovers, arguing that the practice prevents...

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