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Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

As the leader in healthcare waste management, Stericycle can help you with your pharmaceutical waste disposal, returns management and disposal of medication by providing compliant returns and drug waste services.

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Don’t Get Shutdown by the EPA

A vast array of pharmaceuticals have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 Million Americans.* To help reduce the impact of pharmaceutical waste on the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon be releasing a Final Rule on the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. While the new regulations have not been officially released, here are the highlights of the proposed rule and potential impacts on health care facilities.

*Associated Press Study “Pharmawater I” — 2015
**”DEA Releases New Rules That Create Convenient But Safe and Secure Prescription Drug Disposal Options” — DEA, September 8, 2014

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Get Compliant with Pharmaceutical Waste Regulations

The disposal of medication, pharmaceuticals and their components are regulated by federal and local regulations or laws. Understanding which regulations apply to you may depend on your type of business, your volume of pharmaceutical waste, and the specific type of wastes. Stericycle’s programs are designed to meet the regulatory requirements that apply to you and the pharmaceutical waste you generate. We have developed simple pharmaceutical programs that help you identify your controlled substance wastes, hazardous wastes, and other drug wastes to make sure that each is disposed of properly.

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Navigating Pharmaceutical Waste Regulations

Staying compliant with the various federal, state and local regulations of pharmaceutical waste disposal and management can be overwhelming. There are a number of factors that need to be evaluated and managed, such as:

  • The facility type and size of your operation and services
  • The volume of pharmaceutical waste your facility produces
  • The segregation of controlled substances, hazardous drugs and non-hazardous drugs
  • The required disposal processes, devices and containers
  • The level of knowledge and participation maintained by your staff
  • Stericycle’s pharmaceutical waste solutions are designed to help you be compliant and navigate through the complex processes of pharmaceutical waste disposal.

To help reduce the impact of pharmaceutical waste on the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has signed and will soon be publishing the Final Rule on the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. Stericycle has been closely following EPA activity on this rulemaking and several weeks after the Final Rule is published to the Federal Register, we will provide a Regulatory Summary.

In addition to staying compliant, health care facilities face many pharmaceutical waste challenges. There’s drug diversion and its effects on the quality of patient care, community safety and overall business success. There are a number of concerns and studies on the adverse effects of drug waste on our environment and communities. Visit Stericycle’s Knowledge Center to learn more about how health care leaders have faced these challenges and resources to help you resolve them.

Stericycle’s Pharmaceutical Waste Solutions 411

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Three things you absolutely need to know about pharmaceutical waste management

  • The disposal of medication, pharmaceuticals and their components are regulated by federal and local regulations or laws.
  • Understanding which regulations apply to you may depend on your type of business, your volume of pharmaceutical waste, and the specific type of wastes.
  • Stericycle’s programs are designed to meet the regulatory requirements that apply to you and the pharmaceutical waste you generate.

Stericycle has a long, impressive record of helping companies stay compliant by processing their pharmaceudical waste.

  • 25+
    Years' Experience [1]
  • 1.7B+
    Pounds of Properly Managed Medical Waste [2]
  • 70M+
    LBS of Safely Dispoed Pharmaceutical Waste [3]
  • $1M
    in Commercial Liability Protection [4]

1) Founded in 1989. 2) Based on 2016 data. 3) Based on 2016 data, this includes RCRA and non-RCRA pharmaceutical waste. 4) Based on missed stops report for medical waste YTD through August 2017. 5) Based on June 2016 Commercial General Liability policy with a limit of $1M each occurrence.