It's important to safely dispose of medications. For example, throwing needles into the trash or flushing medication
down the toilet can cause risk of injury or potential infection to others. Use these safe disposal and handling
options at home and when traveling.
Safe Disposal of Discontinued, Expired or Unused Medication
Follow any specific disposal instructions on the prescription drug labeling.
Do not flush medication down the sink or toilet unless specifically instructed to do so by a medical professional.
Take advantage of community programs that will dispose the drugs for you. Call your local garbage or recycling service for help.
Call your doctor or pharmacist for help in finding a way to safely dispose of your medication.
If no disposal instructions are given on the drug labeling and no take-back
program is available, discard medication in household trash. Simply remove
drugs from original container, mix with an undesirable substance, such as used
coffee grounds, and place in a sealable bag or container.
Scratch out identifying information on the prescription label to protect your identity
and the privacy of your personal health information.
Safe Disposal of Needles, Syringes and Lancets (Sharps*)
Take filled sharps containers to appropriate collection sites in the community to prevent sharps from entering the household waste stream.
Products are available and designed to clip, melt or burn the needle allowing the sharps user to throw the syringe or plunger in the garbage.
Place used sharps in a special container and mail to a collection site for proper disposal.
Many manufacturers offer nationwide or limited sharps disposal programs free-of-charge.
Traveling with Sharps*
Carry a copy of your prescriptions in your carry-on, purse or wallet.
Keep your medications with you at all times. Medications should not be packed in a checked bag.
If you are taking injectable medications, do not remove syringes or medication from the original packaging in order to help airport security identify supplies.
If you are traveling to a foreign country, check for guidelines or instructions regarding disposal of sharps*.
Know the temperature controls required for your medication. You may need to carry a small cooler with ice pack to transport your medication if it is normally stored in the refrigerator.
EnvisionPharmacies has been awarded URAC accreditations for Mail Service and Specialty Pharmacy
"URAC accreditation shows that EnvisionRx is a pharmacy benefit management organization able to adhere to standards that cover important aspects of care such as claims processing, developing proper drug formulary, and consumer access," said URAC President and CEO Shawn Griffin, M.D.
"Quality policies and procedures are paramount as the price and complexity of medications rise. EnvisionRx chose to demonstrate their performance through URAC’s independent accreditation of their services."
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For 25 years, URAC has been the independent leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, education, and measurement. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs that reflect the latest changes in health care and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to showcase their validated commitment to quality and accountability. URAC's evidence-based measures and standards are developed through inclusive engagement with a broad range of stakeholders committed to improving the quality of health care.
URAC's accreditation is nationally recognized by state and federal regulators to ensure the highest level of quality is delivered to consumers. URAC accreditation and its programs and standards appear in state legislation, state regulation, and federal regulation. URAC has deemed status in state and federal certification programs and is authorized by HHS as an accreditor for Qualified Health Plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Formally incorporated in 1990, URAC now has more than 30 accreditation programs.
URAC is an independent, non-profit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, education, and measurement. Founded in 1990, URAC currently offers more than 30 accreditation programs across the continuum of health care services.
URAC is governed as an independent third-party, and it functions as an independent third-party. URAC is organization independent of any particular stakeholder group. The URAC governing board of directors has representatives from all affected constituencies: consumers, providers, employers, regulators, and managed care industry experts.
URAC's mission is to promote continuous improvement in the quality and efficiency of health care management through processes of accreditation, education, and measurement.
The URAC Accreditation Process
The URAC accreditation process demonstrates a commitment to quality services and serves as a framework to improve business processes through benchmarking organizations against nationally recognized standards. URAC accreditation requires applicants to submit policies, procedures, and other organizational information that is followed by a review. Once an application is received by URAC, a primary reviewer is assigned and coordinates all aspects of the review until a decision on accreditation has been determined.
URAC's education resources enable learning and compliance with nationally recognized health care standards and supports improvements and innovation in health care management and delivery. URAC offers educational content that includes workshops, newsletters, issue briefs, videos, white papers, and webinars. URAC has a sophisticated, proprietary e-learning education and training platform available on demand through a cloud-based website.
EnvisionPharmacies is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for compliance with a comprehensive set of national standards.
Accreditation is a process through which healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care. ACHC is a nonprofit organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. ACHC is ISO 9001:2015 certified and has CMS deeming authority for Home Health, Hospice and DMEPOS.
By choosing a healthcare provider that has achieved ACHC accreditation, you can take comfort in knowing that you will receive the highest quality of care. If you have any concerns about the product or service that you receive from EnvisionPharmacies, you may contact ACHC directly at (855) 937-2242.