Pharmacists as Environmental Stewards: How to Minimize and Manage Medication Waste

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As the awareness about the negative effects of disposed medications on the environment increases, pharmacists and pharmacy administrators can play a critical role in addressing medication waste. Pharmacists can do it all: implement take-back programs, de-prescribe unnecessary medications, and educate patients on appropriate disposal of unneeded/expired medications. Register for this online learning course to learn about the impact of medication disposal on the environment and the role a pharmacist can play in the various practice settings.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, pharmacists will be able to:

  • Discuss the indirect and direct impacts of medication waste on the environment.
  • Identify effective strategies that pharmacists can implement to minimize medication waste.
  • Educate patients on appropriate medication waste disposal within the community.
  • Formulate an action plan for reducing medication waste and its effects on environmental pollution.

Activity type: Knowledge-based
Target Audience: Pharmacists 
Learning Level: 2

Accreditation Information


The American Pharmacists Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The following education course is approved for 1.0 contact hour of CPE credit (0.1 CEU). The ACPE Universal Activity Number for this activity is 0202-0000-21-156-H04-P. 

To obtain credit for completing Pharmacists as Environmental Stewards: How to Minimize and Manage Medication Waste, participants will need to watch the archived webinar, complete the assessment with a grade of 70% or better, complete the evaluation questions, and then CLAIM credit. Participants need to have a valid username and password to claim credit. After credit has been claimed, please visit CPE monitor for your transcript.

APhA continuing pharmacy education policy provides you with two opportunities to successfully complete this continuing pharmacy education assessment. Please note that you will not be permitted to submit the assessment a third time. The current policy of the APhA Education Department is not to release the correct answers to any of our CPE tests. This policy is intended to maintain the integrity of the CPE activity and the assessment.

Initial release date: May 19, 2021
Expiration date: May 19, 2024 - No credit can be earned after this date


Pharmacists as Environmental Stewards: How to Minimize and Manage Medication Waste is an activity for pharmacists developed by the American Pharmacists Association. © 2021 American Pharmacists Association


Janna Afanasjeva, PharmD, BCPS; Katherine Gruenberg, PharmD, MAEd, BCPS, BCIDP; and APhA’s editorial staff declare no conflicts of interest or financial interests in any product or service mentioned in this activity, including grants, employment, gifts, stock holdings, and honoraria. For a complete list of APhA staff disclosures, visit the APhA website at

Conflicts of interest have been resolved through content review by Helen Sairany, BA, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, Director of Content Development & Partnership at the American Pharmacists Association. 


There is no fee associated with this activity for APhA members. In 30 days after initial release, nonmembers may purchase this e-learning activity at a cost of $129.*

System Requirements

Computer and internet access are required to complete this activity.  Please visit our website to view the Technology System Requirements in order to have a positive learning experience.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0202-0000-21-156-H04-P 0.1 CEUs May 19, 2021 - May 19, 2024