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Handle pharmaceutical waste properly. Use our free reference guide to help you quickly sort waste into the proper receptacles and safely store it for pick up.
Know Your Waste Services Provider
Your waste provider must have a proper, specific permit for transporting pharmaceutical waste.
ALL pharmaceutical waste must be incinerated for proper disposal.
You should receive a manifest that shows exactly where your pharmaceutical waste was taken, as well as a certificate of destruction.
Know Your Pharmaceutical Waste
The hazardous pharmaceutical waste category includes RCRA listed waste, and bulk chemotherapy waste.
Waste products in this category must be:
- Segregated in approved RCRA hazardous containers
- Sent to an approved hazardous waste facility for incineration
Non-Hazardous and Trace Chemo
Most are not harmless and therefore, can not be mixed with general waste.
They must be:
- Segregated into approved containers that are marked as non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste or trace chemo waste
- Sent to approved waste facilities for incineration
Are You Properly Handling
Almost every medical office has some type of pharmaceutical waste. From pills, injectables and antibiotics to creams/lotions, eye drops and expired meds – there are many pharmaceuticals on the market, today. Plus, this category of waste is one of the more complex in terms of the regulations and procedures that govern its proper segregation and disposal . . . and with good reason! Pharma waste, particularly listed waste, has the potential to be very harmful to people, animals, and the environment. Disposal regulations ensure that active ingredients are deactivated or destroyed and that all accompanying materials are disposed of properly. Perhaps, it’s time to take a hard look at your facility’s procedures and ask: “Are we correctly managing pharmaceutical waste?”
Non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste should never be placed in sharps or regulated medical waste containers.
Loose pills should never be placed in biohazard waste containers.
Compliance mistakes can lead to fines, lawsuits, and other serious legal consequences. For example, a Wisconsin hospital was fined $360,000 for mishandling pharmaceutical waste.
We can help set up your pharmaceutical waste management program to ensure compliance and to make sure that your waste is handled in the most efficient and cost effective way possible.
What are the rules and your obligations?
The Pharma Puzzle – Dealing with Pharmaceutical Waste
Pharmaceutical Listed Waste and Why it’s Dangerous
Pharmacies and Medical/Pharmaceutical Waste
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