[ Text of section added by 2016, 52, Sec. 31 as amended by 2016, 351, Sec. 5 effective January 1, 2017 until December 31, 2021. Repealed by 2016, 52, Sec. 55 as amended by 2016, 351, Sec. 6. See 2016, 52, Secs. 76 and 77.]

  Section 5. (a) The requirements established by the department, in consultation with Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, the Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and other stakeholders, may exceed, but shall not conflict with, any obligations imposed on a manufacturer by a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

  (b) Nothing in this chapter shall require a retail pharmacy or a pharmacist practicing in a retail setting to participate in the collection, securing, transport or disposal of unwanted drugs.

  (c) No stewardship program shall require an outpatient pharmacy to participate in the collection, securing, transport or disposal of unwanted drugs or to provide a space for or to maintain a collection kiosk within an outpatient pharmacy unless the pharmacy certifies, in writing, that this participation is voluntary.