Pharmaceutical Waste Compliance Service

Industry-leading pharmaceutical waste disposal solutions to protect your patients, employees, and the environment.

Pharmaceutical Waste Solutions Tailored to the Needs of Your Healthcare Organization

The management of pharmaceutical waste is a critical activity for healthcare facilities. Our Pharmaceutical Waste Compliance Service is designed to be tailored to healthcare facilities of every size, from large health systems to smaller hospitals, practices, and care providers. We help ensure your organization stays compliant with the complex pharmaceutical waste regulations enforced by the EPA, DEA, and state regulatory agencies.

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Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Solutions for Healthcare Facilities of All Sizes

Stericycle pharmaceutical waste solutions are ideal for hospitals, practices and care providers, such as physician offices, clinics, and nursing homes. Our comprehensive service spans the entire process of handling hazardous and non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste. Depending on your needs, Stericycle can support your organization with waste characterizations, staff training, and ongoing support and resources to find cost-mitigation opportunities and increase sustainability.

Tailored Solutions

Multiple service, container and segregation options are available for efficient and compliant collection of hazardous and non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste.

Our pharmaceutical waste services are designed to simplify the complexity of managing pharmaceutical waste. Whether you are a physician’s practice requiring space-saving simplicity, or a large hospital system with varying needs, we’ll help you identify the best solution for your organization.

For most non-acute facilities generating relatively small quantities of pharmaceutical waste a single container solution may be right solution, while larger, acute care centers like Hospitals may prefer a segregation model which can offer significant cost saving. In most U.S. regions, Hospitals and Health Systems have the opportunity to utilize our Comingle pharmaceutical waste solution which allows the combination of non-hazardous pharmaceutical and sharps waste in one reusable container at the point of administration to increase nursing efficiency, quality of patient care, and your sustainability achievements.

Waste Characterization

From the start of the program, we will provide support and tools for waste identification to help ensure compliant, cost-efficient disposal that fits the size of your organization. Small facilities, such as physician offices or clinics use Stericycle's Waste Identification Checklist which simplifies characterization. Hospitals and health systems require on-site surveys to optimize pharmaceutical waste management based on the waste generation of various departments and locations. Stericycle’s proprietary database of more than 450,000 national drug codes (NDCs) is continually updated and cross referenced with your facility’s formulary for efficient, compliant disposal. Our characterization reports include EPA and/or state waste codes, identification of NIOSH hazardous drugs, controlled substances; and provides DOT shipping information.

Compliance Training

Staff training and support materials to help ensure seamless implementation and ongoing compliance and sustainability.

  • Welcome kit to prepare, educate, and orient staff
  • Access to industry-leading, specialized training on how to properly handle and segregate waste
  • Educational posters & and presentations on waste segregation
  • Dedicated email support for questions related to packaging and storage requirements, and clarification on regulatory requirements
  • Trainings provided online, and in some markets, in-person focusing on specific departments

Hospital Aftercare Surveys

Upon completion of implementation at hospitals, our Healthcare Compliance Specialists will perform follow-up surveys of your facility to maintain compliance with EPA (RCRA) regulations. The Aftercare Surveys include inspection of your pharmaceutical waste containers and storage areas to assure compliant, ongoing service performance by acute care facility staff and Service Specialists.

Inspection findings will be reported back and will detail our department-specific recommendations including regulatory references and best demonstrated practices. Our Healthcare Compliance Specialists utilize a proprietary repository of inspection items based upon federal and state regulations.

Tailored Solutions

Multiple service, container and segregation options are available for efficient and compliant collection of hazardous and non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste.

Our pharmaceutical waste services are designed to simplify the complexity of managing pharmaceutical waste. Whether you are a physician’s practice requiring space-saving simplicity, or a large hospital system with varying needs, we’ll help you identify the best solution for your organization.

For most non-acute facilities generating relatively small quantities of pharmaceutical waste a single container solution may be right solution, while larger, acute care centers like Hospitals may prefer a segregation model which can offer significant cost saving. In most U.S. regions, Hospitals and Health Systems have the opportunity to utilize our Comingle pharmaceutical waste solution which allows the combination of non-hazardous pharmaceutical and sharps waste in one reusable container at the point of administration to increase nursing efficiency, quality of patient care, and your sustainability achievements.

Waste Characterization

From the start of the program, we will provide support and tools for waste identification to help ensure compliant, cost-efficient disposal that fits the size of your organization. Small facilities, such as physician offices or clinics use Stericycle's Waste Identification Checklist which simplifies characterization. Hospitals and health systems require on-site surveys to optimize pharmaceutical waste management based on the waste generation of various departments and locations. Stericycle’s proprietary database of more than 450,000 national drug codes (NDCs) is continually updated and cross referenced with your facility’s formulary for efficient, compliant disposal. Our characterization reports include EPA and/or state waste codes, identification of NIOSH hazardous drugs, controlled substances; and provides DOT shipping information.

Compliance Training

Staff training and support materials to help ensure seamless implementation and ongoing compliance and sustainability.

  • Welcome kit to prepare, educate, and orient staff
  • Access to industry-leading, specialized training on how to properly handle and segregate waste
  • Educational posters & and presentations on waste segregation
  • Dedicated email support for questions related to packaging and storage requirements, and clarification on regulatory requirements
  • Trainings provided online, and in some markets, in-person focusing on specific departments

Hospital Aftercare Surveys

Upon completion of implementation at hospitals, our Healthcare Compliance Specialists will perform follow-up surveys of your facility to maintain compliance with EPA (RCRA) regulations. The Aftercare Surveys include inspection of your pharmaceutical waste containers and storage areas to assure compliant, ongoing service performance by acute care facility staff and Service Specialists.

Inspection findings will be reported back and will detail our department-specific recommendations including regulatory references and best demonstrated practices. Our Healthcare Compliance Specialists utilize a proprietary repository of inspection items based upon federal and state regulations.

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Solutions to Increase Efficiency and Safety in Your Organization and Community

Comingle One-Container Solution

Combine sharps and non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste in one reusable container to increase nursing efficiency, quality of patient care, and your sustainability achievements.

CsRx Controlled Substance Waste Service

Mitigate drug-diversion of controlled substance wastage within your organization with a safe and secure solution utilized by hospitals, clinics, long-term care, and veterinary facilities.

MedDrop Medication Collection

Medication collection kiosks to help prevent prescription drug abuse in your community and reduce the environmental risk that results from improper disposal.

Seal&Send Consumer Medication Mail Back

Safe, sustainable, and trackable medication mail back envelopes allow your patients to dispose of medication at home, mitigating community drug diversion and environmental risks.

Why Stericycle?

Your Single Nationwide Partners

We manage all healthcare regulated waste streams including secure information destruction with expertise in related compliance training and sustainability consulting. Our network of localized team members across the country maintain a 98% on-time pickup rate.1

Your Risk Reduction Experts

We reduce your risk with real-time tracking of your waste from pick up to final disposal, offering OSHA and HIPAA compliance training, and with our expertise in emergency mobilization in tandem with our robust network of treatment facilities that supports you through times of crisis.

Your Sustainability Champion

In 2020, our eco-conscious products and sustainability guidance allowed our customers to recycle 1.1 billion pounds of paper, safely dispose of 40 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste; and avoid greenhouse gas emissions while diverting 104 million pounds of sharps waste plastic from landfills.1

1. Source: Stericycle data, 2020

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