Nearly two decades ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began raising awareness to the public about the concerning level of pharmaceuticals present in the environment, specifically in our drinking water. A pharmacy or hospital may have thousands of distinct pharmaceutical materials in their inventory at any time which could easily enter the waste stream. Prior to the recent implementation of 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) , the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was confusing to many hospitals, pharmacies and healthcare facilities.
EPA 40 CFR and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
40 CFR helps to regulate the handling of hazardous pharmaceutical waste and removes the dual regulations previously in place with the DEA and EPA. Prior to these rulings, many pharmaceuticals were disposed of by simply flushing down the drain. New rulings give the EPA full authority to control hazardous pharmaceutical waste from “cradle to grave” and streamline the requirements for handling, storing, disposing and record keeping. Prior RCRA regulations created confusion among pharmacies, emergency rooms, nursing stations and health care facilities which generated medication waste in smaller quantities at various locations.
The goal of the latest rulings aims to simplify the management of hazardous-waste pharmaceuticals generated at various health care facilities such as retail stores with pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, ambulance services, military medical logistics facilities, optical and dental providers, veterinary clinics, research labs, reverse and wholesale distributors. The latest rulings in 40 CFR and 21 CFR aim to prevent the flushing of thousands of tons of hazardous pharmaceutical waste.
EPA and DEA Compliant Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Solutions
According to 40 CFR and 21 CFR regulated by the DEA, public and private entities have options for disposing of controlled substances and pharmaceutical waste. Rx Destroyer™ provides a solution to any facility handling prescription medication and pharmaceutical waste with easy to use disposal containers, compliance consultation and implementation guidance. Our convenient containers are available in various sizes to meet the needs of any facility including pharmacies and research labs.
Rx Destroyer™ is dedicated to saving water and saving lives, one prescription at a time. Our containers are easy to use, safe and affordable and instantly render medications non-retrievable with a patented formula that meets all federal regulations. Each facility must adhere to internal policies and procedures as well as all state, local and tribal regulations.
Rx Destroyer™ is committed to helping facilities of any size to maintain compliant drug disposal practices. Our containers are safe, easy and affordable and never require contracts, water or batteries. Contact us to learn how easy it can be to maintain drug disposal compliance while preventing environmental contamination and drug diversion.