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April 2013 Webinar

April Interdisciplinary Topic

Proper Medication Disposal: Current Strategies
April 11, 2013
2:00 pm -3:30 pm ET

This Webinar is supported by an educational grant from Home Healthcare Solutions.

Webinar Description

A critical concern for hospice and palliative care providers is the proper disposal of medications after a patient’s death in the home. This Webinar will examine the latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) policies and will identify other regulatory and enforcement agencies related to drug disposal.  In addition, faculty will discuss current drug disposal strategies and practices, key compliance challenges and issues facing providers as well as the new U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proposed rule on drug disposal and how it will impact hospice.


Judi Lund Person, MPH

Judi Lund Person has been the Vice President of Compliance and Regulatory Leadership for NHPCO since July 2002.  Prior to NHPCO, she served for 22 years as the President and CEO of The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care. A recognized national leader in the field of hospice and end of life care, Judi works with local hospice providers and state hospice organizations on regulatory issues, compliance, data collection and strategic planning.  She lends her regulatory expertise as a key contact with CMS, interfacing with payment policy, survey and certification and program integrity functions, among others.  She also represents hospice and palliative care with other federal agencies and many national organizations, including the FDA, the Pain Care Forum, the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care and the Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition. She graduated with honors with a BA degree in Sociology from the UNC at Greensboro and a Masters degree in Public Health from the UNC at Chapel Hill.

Carol Pamer, RPh, MS

Carol is a pharmacist and epidemiologist who joined the FDA in 1993. She earned her BS degree in pharmacy from the Ohio State University and her MS in epidemiology and preventive medicine from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She dedicated the majority of her federal career to the FDA Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology (OSE) where she held positions as a safety evaluator analyzing MedWatch reports of adverse events and medication errors, a drug utilization data analyst, and an epidemiologist. Carol joined the FDA Safe Use Initiative in 2011. She is the project lead for the FDA Safe Use Initiative’s efforts to ensure safer storage and disposal of fentanyl patches, which is described on the Safe Use Initiative’s website.

Robert Wahler, PharmD

Dr. Wahler joined the Niagara Hospice team in 2002 as Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services, with responsibilities in the clinical and administrative arenas. He is also the Program Director for a post-doctoral Pharmacy Practice Residency with Emphasis in Hospice/Homecare; accredited by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. Dr. Wahler joined the faculty of the University at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in July 2000 as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He is a 1989 graduate of the Albany College of Pharmacy with a Baccalaureate Degree in Pharmacy. Bob completed his graduate training at the University at Buffalo, receiving his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May 2000. He has also practiced in long-term care pharmacy as a consultant pharmacist and clinical coordinator and in community pharmacy.

Webinar Objectives

At the completion of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the FDA policies on drug disposal that affect hospice providers;
  • Identify other regulatory and enforcement agencies that affect drug disposal;
  • Discuss current strategies of hospice providers to comply with federal and state requirements on drug disposal.

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.

Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Worker: NHPCO is an approved provider of continuing education contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers (provider #886414158). This education activity is approved for 1.5 hours determined by the content, and social workers are awarded continuing education hours commensurate with the extent of their participation.

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