Butler University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) will offer free assistance with Medicare Part D enrollment and proper disposal of unwanted medications the morning of Saturday, Dec. 1, on the Butler campus, 4600 Sunset Ave., Indianapolis.

Medicare Part D Enrollment/Re-enrollment
Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-noon, Pharmacy Building, Room 106
COPHS representatives will help Medicare recipients determine which of the 32 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans best meets their needs for 2013.

Attendees should bring the following: Medicare card and Medicare Part D card (if you have one); health insurance cards; list of all current medications and dosages; letter(s) from the Social Security Administration or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; contacts for your preferred pharmacies or home delivery services. New enrollees who currently have prescription drug coverage should also bring a letter from their union or former employer health plans.

Individuals eligible for Medicare must change plans or sign up for a new plan before Dec. 7, 2012, for new coverage to start Jan. 1, 2013.

 CVS/Caremark will co-sponsor the event.


Medication Take-Back
Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., drive-through collection north of Norris Plaza
Expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped quickly and anonymously for proper disposal. Students and faculty of Butler’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, along with University Police officers, will accept the medications and distribute educational handout on proper medication disposal.

Consumers dispose of unwanted medications in a variety of risky ways—discarding them in the garbage, flushing down the toilet, rinsing down a sink, and storing in a home. These methods can be destructive to the environment and contribute to prescription drug abuse, theft, and accidental poisonings.

The event is part of Butler’s RISK Project.

Call (317) 940-9324 for additional information or directions.

Media contact: Mary Ellen Stephenson
(317) 940-6944