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Our pharmaceutical (Rx) waste disposal service not only helps your hospital become compliant, but we help you keep it that way too.

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25 Years' Experience Years’
Experience[1]
2B of Regulated Waste Managed of Regulated
Waste Managed[2]
30M Pharmaceutical Waste Safely Disposed Pharmaceutical Waste
Safely Disposed [3]
99.5% On-time Service On-time
Service[4]
1M in Commercial Liability Protection in Commercial
Liability Protection[5]

We make the complex a lot less complicated.

Rx waste compliance is complex, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Not when you trust your hospital pharmaceutical waste disposal to Stericycle, the industry leader in medical waste management.

Our simple process gets the job done:

Training: Our Rx waste compliance experts provide extensive training throughout your hospital as required by EPA and DOT.

Setup: We set up an Rx waste reusable container system in your pharmacy and patient care areas. We also categorize your pharmaceutical waste according to how it’s to be disposed (EPA, DOT, NIOSH, state regulations).

Sorting: Using our extensive regulatory knowledge, we help you separate hazardous and non-RCRA drug wastes.

Disposal: With the nation’s largest medical waste disposal fleet, we pick up, transport, track and dispose of your pharmaceutical wastes.

Stericycle walks you through the entire process step-by-step, giving you the benefit of our decades of experience. You’ll avoid costly mistakes and set up a system that works right the first time and every time.

Then, once we set you up, our professional service group of healthcare compliance specialists will provide ongoing support to help your facility maintain compliance with EPA/DOT regulations and TJC standards.

Pharmaceutical Formulary Characterization

Stericycle conducts an initial waste characterization to determine the appropriate designation for your wastes. As the leading company in processing pharmaceutical returns and recalls, Stericycle has unique capabilities in pharmaceutical characterization of your formulary. Our proprietary database profiles more than 450,000 National Drug Code (NDC) numbers, and our waste characterization includes a review of drugs identified by:

  • EPA (40 CFR §262.11 and 261.3)

  • DOT (49 CFR § 173)

  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

  • State regulations

Once the initial characterization is complete, we’ll implement a process to update your hospital’s waste characterization on an ongoing basis as new drugs are added to your formulary.

Rx Waste Compliance Staff Training and Education

Our Rx Waste Compliance experts provide extensive training throughout your hospital as required by EPA (40 CFR §265.16) and DOT (49 CFR §172.702 and §172.704) to help ensure your medical center’s compliance with the pharmaceutical waste disposal program during the implementation process.

Our customized modules target environmental services (EVS) departments, clinicians, pharmacists, and nurses including unit-to-unit training for all departments that produce pharmaceutical waste, including all shifts.

We use both classroom and unit-to-unit training during implementation of our Rx Waste Compliance Service.

Implementation of Pharmaceutical Disposal Service

An important part of the Stericycle Rx Waste Compliance Service is setting up the Rx waste reusable container system in your pharmacy and patient care areas. This set up is done on-site and includes:

  • A walk-through with hospital staff to determine the location, type and number of containers needed for each department or unit

  • A recommendation for the proper sets of containers for each area

  • State-of-the-art disposable and reusable containers, color-coded for a user-friendly disposal process

  • Instructional charts for sorting of medicines by container type

  • Consultation on the regulatory aspects of the program

Transport and Disposal of Your Drug Waste

In the program’s final step, Stericycle handles all aspects of the transportation, treatment, and disposal of the hazardous and nonhazardous Rx waste you generate.

We provide replacement DOT-approved shipping containers and complete documentation and tracking of the waste.

Ongoing Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Support

Upon completion of service installation, our professional service group of Healthcare Compliance Specialists provides AfterCare; ongoing support to help your facility maintain compliance with EPA/DOT regulations and TJC standards.

Rely on Our Expertise to Maintain Compliance With Regulations and Standards

Our market leading Rx Waste Compliance Service not only assists with getting your hospital into compliance but also partners with you to build a sustainable program to help keep you in compliance. By choosing Stericycle Rx Waste Compliance Service as your long-term partner you’ll be able to focus on your core business of caring for your patients.

Stericycle has been assisting hospitals with compliance since 1989, and we’re ready to assist you.

Stericycle Offers a Variety of Compliance Solutions for Companies of All Sizes, including:

Steri-SafeSM OSHA Compliance Solutions

If you’re a Steri-SafeTM OSHA Preferred Compliance customer, we’ll pay any OSHA-related fines you receive if you follow our guidelines. That’s 100% peace of mind.

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Steri-SafeSM Coding Compliance Solutions

Steri-SafeSM delivers everything you need for complete E&M coding compliance.

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Steri-SafeSM HIPAA Compliance Solutions

Try our Preferred Steri-SafeSM HIPAA Solution and get a full refund within 30 days if you’re not satisfied.

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Online Training Courses

We offer online compliance training for health care, human resources, communications and more. Visit the Stericycle Online Store for details.

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1) Founded in 1989, Stericycle has over 25 years of experience. 2) Based on 2014 data and includes both hazardous and medical waste. 3) Based on 2014 data, this includes pharmaceuticals from all customers including retailers. 4) Based on missed stops report for medical waste YTD through September 2016. 5) Based on June 2016 Commercial General Liability policy with a limit of $1M each occurrence.

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