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Rite Aid Makes Free Opioid Disposal Solution Available At More Than 2,500 Pharmacies Nationwide


DisposeRx Rollout is Part of the Company's Continued Efforts to
Address the Country's Opioid Epidemic

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) announced today that DisposeRx, a
first-of-its-kind opioid disposal solution, is now available at all of
Rite Aid's more than 2,500 pharmacies across the United States.
DisposeRx packets contain a biodegradable powder that, when mixed with
water in the prescription vial, dissolves drugs, forming a viscous gel
which may be safely discarded in the trash.

"DisposeRx packets are an innovative and easy-to-use drug disposal
solution and as one of the nation's leading drugstores, Rite Aid is
excited to offer this solution to our patients at no cost," said Jocelyn
Konrad, Rite Aid executive vice president of pharmacy. "While there's no
single solution to the opioid crisis, practicing safe medication
disposal is an important and significant step we can all take. Rite Aid
pharmacists, as medication experts and one of the most accessible
healthcare providers, are well-positioned to engage with their patients
on this important topic."

DisposeRx packets contain a blend of patented and proprietary
solidifying materials that provide a safe and permanent solution for the
disposal of unwanted, unused or expired medications, including pills,
tablets and capsules. When water and the DisposeRx powder are added to
drugs in the prescription vial and shaken, the drugs are dissolved and
then both chemically and physically sequestered in a biodegradable,
viscous gel from which they cannot be extracted. The packet can then be
discarded in household trash.

Rite Aid will provide DisposeRx packets to patients with new opioid
prescriptions and patients with chronic opioid prescriptions will be
offered a packet every six months. Rite Aid pharmacists will provide
counseling on proper use of the DisposeRx packet. In addition, all
patients with opioid prescriptions will receive educational information
on opioid use, safe storage, disposal and proper use of naloxone, and
all patients with new opioid prescriptions will receive required
counseling on their prescription from Rite Aid pharmacists.

Dr. John Holaday, CEO of DisposeRx, Inc. commented on today's
announcement: "We are very pleased that pharmacies, such as Rite Aid,
are stepping up and taking action to battle the scourge of prescription
drug abuse facing our nation. Pharmacists play a major role in stemming
deaths from prescription drug abuse by educating their patients on
proper drug disposal and by providing simple solutions, such as
DisposeRx packets, for convenient, in-home, and safe disposal of all
unused and expired medications." Dr. Holaday continued, "We fully
support Rite Aid's ongoing efforts to assist us in cleaning out
America's medicine cabinets."

The chainwide availability of DisposeRx is the latest measure being
taken by Rite Aid as part of its comprehensive strategy to address
opioid and other drug abuse and misuse in the country. Additional
elements of Rite Aid's existing program include:

  • Making naloxone, a medication that can be used to reverse the effects
    of an opioid overdose, available without a prescription at all of the
    more than 2,500 Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide.
  • Supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    guidelines for prescribing opioids, including limiting acute opioid
    prescriptions to a seven day supply, limiting the daily dosage of
    opioids dispensed based on the strength of the opioid and requiring
    the use of immediate-release formulations of opioids before extended
    release opioids are dispensed.
  • On-going education and training of Rite Aid pharmacists, including
    risk factors for opioid abuse, how to identify symptoms of an overdose
    and what to do in the event of an overdose, an overview of the various
    naloxone therapies available and proper administration of each and
    recommendations for follow-up care.
  • Participation in prescription drug monitoring programs including a
    "red flag" process for pharmacists to regularly review prescriptions
    for patients not known by the pharmacy or where there may be concerns
    or suspicions of misuse.
  • The addition of resources on drug safety and disposal on
    Visitors can search for a disposal site in their community, learn how
    to properly dispose of medication at home, access resources provided
    by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement
    Administration (DEA) and find information on treatment for drug abuse
    and addiction.

Rite Aid's pharmacy benefits management company, EnvisionRxOptions,
currently utilizes a variety of customized opioid management solutions.
Last week, its pharmacy benefit manager, EnvisionRx, announced
enhancements to its comprehensive opioid and pain management program,
EnvisionCare Pain Management. Available immediately, the program,
includes pre-emptive prescription strategies, such as limiting
first-time fills to seven days*, prior authorizations on certain
medications, and shortened windows to refill prescriptions. This
comprehensive program aligns with the healthcare company's overall pain
management strategy, as well as the guidelines set by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Added Konrad, "Rite Aid remains steadfast in its commitment to address
opioid abuse in the communities we serve and we will continue to explore
additional ways to further enhance our efforts to address this serious
public health issue."

In addition to the efforts taken by the Company, The Rite Aid Foundation
is also addressing the issue of drug abuse and misuse as part of its
commitment to creating safe and healthy environments for children and

The Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents program recently announced a
three-year, $1.125 million commitment to EverFi, the nation's leading
technology innovator, to bring the Prescription Drug Safety program to
high schools in markets served by Rite Aid. The program uses an
evidence-based, public health approach to empower high school students
with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy
decisions about prescription drugs.

The Foundation also continues to expand its KidCents Safe Medication
Disposal Program. Launched in September 2017, the program provides law
enforcement agencies in communities served by Rite Aid with free
medication disposal units for individuals to safely dispose of expired
or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. As of this
month, more than 165 law enforcement agencies across the country
participate in the KidCents Safe Medication Disposal Program, with
nearly 270 units available in 18 states.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains
with fiscal 2018 annual revenues of $21.5 billion. Information about
Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is
available through the company's website at

Headquartered in Sanford, North Carolina, DisposeRx, Inc. is
spearheading programs to educate communities with practical, convenient,
inexpensive and safe medication disposing solutions, thus preventing
drug addictions, overdoses, deaths and environmental pollution.
DisposeRx, Inc. believes in safe environments, with a goal to stop the
nation's opioid epidemic that often begins in the home medicine cabinet.
Further, drugs treated with DisposeRx, when discarded in the trash,
rapidly biodegrade in landfills and do not pollute water supplies.
DisposeRx, Inc. enables the distribution of its first-in-class drug
disposal product through local and regional outreach programs with
pharmacies, hospitals, hospices, community groups, law enforcement and
correctional facilities and retailers and wholesalers nationwide. For
more information visit

* Member requested adjustments to this days' supply limitation are
subject to prescriber review and direction through the prior
authorization process.

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