0903 – Pharmaceutical Waste

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Preparation and Handling


Pharmaceutical Waste (0903)


Source: Council on Pharmacy Practice


To collaborate with regulatory bodies and appropriate organizations to develop standards for the disposal of pharmaceutical hazardous waste as defined in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), for the purpose of simplifying the disposal of these substances by health systems; further,


To encourage pharmaceutical manufacturers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide guidance and assistance to hospitals and health systems in proper pharmaceutical waste disposal and destruction efforts; further,


To advocate that EPA update the list of hazardous substances under RCRA and establish a process for maintaining a current list; further,


To urge federal, state, and local governments to harmonize regulations regarding disposal of hazardous pharmaceutical waste; further,


To advocate that the Food and Drug Administration standardize labeling of drug products with information relating to appropriate disposal; further,


To promote awareness within hospitals and health systems of pharmaceutical waste regulations; further,


To encourage research on the environmental and public health impacts of drug products and metabolites excreted in human waste; further,

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Aug 27, 2016 | Posted by in GENERAL & FAMILY MEDICINE | Comments Off on 0903 – Pharmaceutical Waste
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