State Prescription Drug Return, Reuse, and Recycling Laws

Last updated: July 20, 2019

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Donate Medicines and Medical supplies

From the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

Pharmaceutical donation and reuse programs are distinct prescription drug programs providing for unused prescription drugs to be donated and re-dispensed to patients. Such drug repository programs began with state legislative action in 1997. As of fall 2018 there are 38 states and Guam with enacted laws for donation and reuse.

Although states have passed laws establishing these programs, more than a dozen of these states do not have functioning or operational programs. "Operational programs" are those states that have participating pharmacies, charitable clinics, and/or hospitals collecting and redistributing donated drugs to eligible patients. Some common obstacles are the lack of awareness about the programs, no central agency or entity designated to operate and fund the program, and added work and responsibility for repository sites that accept the donations.

Read more of this post at http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-prescription-drug-return-reuse-and-recycling.aspx

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Last updated: March 6, 2015

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Adrian E. Park, M.D., chief of general surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and professor of surgery and vice chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, found that 87 percent of laparoscopic surgeons have experienced physical symptoms or discomfort as a result of managing the unique surgical constraints associated with laparoscopic surgery. A post on the UMMC blog includes a video where Dr. Park explains the challenges of performing minimally invasive surgery and how these challenges limit the surgeon's movements and impact his or her body both during and after the procedure in this video.

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Surgical Bras

Last updated: May 26, 2016

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X-chrom.com provided surgical bras, sports bras, and women's activewear for every body to inspire every body to live an active lifestyle and do more with life. Unfortunately, it now longer has a website. Here are some more resources bras for various types of procedure: shoulder surgery, heart surgery, lung surgery, breast surgery, etc.

Post-Op and Post-Surgical Bras

  • CareFix The Post-Op Bras are designed for the weeks immediately following breast surgery, with front closure for convenient application. [in the U.S., Denmark, Germany, UK]
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  • WearEase post-surgical and compression bras & camisoles
  • The History of the Bra: History & Info on Bras and Breasts Excellent information about fit and styles.