American Pharmaceutical Association Adopts Syringe Deregulation Position 3/26/99

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The House of Delegates of the American Pharmaceutical Association adopted the following position at its March 9th meeting this year:

"APhA encourages state legislatures and boards of pharmacy to revise laws and regulations to permit the unrestricted sale or distribution of sterile syringes and needles by or with the knowledge of a pharmacist in an effort to decrease the transmission of blood-borne diseases."

The position is similar to one adopted by the American Medical Association in 1997.

Three articles discussing pharmacies as potential access points for purchase of sterile syringes by injection drug users were published in the January-February 1999 issue of the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association:

  • Should Pharmacists Sell Sterile Syringes to Injection Drug Users? T. Stephen Jones and Jennifer Taussig.
  • Pharmacy Access to Sterile Syringes for Injection Drug Users: Attitudes of Participants in a Syringe Exchange Program. Benjamin Junge, David Vlahov, Elise Riley, Steven Huettner, Michele Brown and Peter Beilenson.
  • Attitudes and Practices of Pharmacy Managers Regarding Needle Sales to Injection Drug Users. Thomas A. Farley, Linda M. Niccolai, Marianne Billeter, Patricia J. Kissinger and Marcellus Grace.

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