HARTFORD, Conn. – Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced its support for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event, held nationally on April 27 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., offers a safe and convenient way for the public to dispose of old, expired and/or unused medications. Previous Prescription Drug Take-Back Days, mail-back programs, and collection locations have helped to collect over two million pounds of prescription medications.
Aetna supports these efforts as a way to encourage safe and responsible medication use. Aetna also participates in various activities aimed to help individuals use the prescribed amount of medication and stay on track with their treatment. For example, Aetna participates in medication adherence summits and research collaborations. It also offers misuse, waste and abuse prevention programs.
“Educating our members about proper adherence as well as proper medication disposal is a top priority for us,” said Ren Elder, R.Ph., head of Pharmacy for Aetna. “We work hard to do our part to fight prescription drug abuse. Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a great way to inform the public about the dangers of improper drug disposal and help our members live healthier lives.”
Aetna offers several online tools to help members better manage their medication. Mobile applications and information regarding pharmacy plans and services are also available. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in conjunction with state and local officials, also will be offering education about prescription drug abuse.
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 37.3 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services and health information technology services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com
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