Anthony Tassone Board Appointment February 2014


The Board of the National Returned & Disposal of Unwanted Medicines (NatRUM) project has appointed Anthony Tassone to the board. Mr Tassone’s appointment was confirmed at the Nat RUM board meeting on 18 February.

The NatRUM project is a national scheme that provides for unwanted and out-of-date medicines to be collected by community pharmacies from consumers.  The medicines are then disposed of by incineration in an EPA approved manner.

Mr Tassone, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia Victoria Branch President, takes over from Dipak Sanghvi as the Guild’s representative on the board.

NatRUM Board Chairman Warwick Plunkett congratulated Mr Tassone on his appointment saying “We look forward to Anthony’s valuable contribution, passion and enthusiasm in ensuring the NatRUM project has continued success in ensuring medication safety in the Australian community.”

He thanked outgoing board member Dipak Sanghvi for his longstanding involvement.

“On behalf of the NatRUM board, I would also like to extend our gratitude to Dipak for his significant contribution over the previous seven years – including as Chairman.”

On accepting the appointment Mr Tassone said he was thrilled to join the NatRUM board.

“The NatRUM project is one of the most cost-effective and unheralded preventative healthcare initiatives in our community,” Mr Tassone said. “There is currently a proposal before the Commonwealth Health Minister for ongoing funding to ensure the continuation of the program until at least June 2015.  I cannot stress enough to all fellow pharmacists, health professionals and Australians how crucial this program is to ensure medication safety and prevention of medication related hospitalisations and incidents in the community.”

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Media enquiries:

Simon Appel, Project Manager NatRUM – 03 9583 8699