Effective Pharmaceutical Waste Segregation at Source

Hospitals, healthcare facilities of all types, and even veterinary clinics that manage pharmaceuticals must have a plan for proper waste disposal that meets all regulatory concerns.   The EPA and the DEA regulate the proper handling of pharmaceutical waste on the federal level, although each facility is responsible for meeting all …

Compliant Portable Drug Disposal System

Properly disposing of pharmaceutical waste including controlled substances is critical to prevent environmental contamination and serious safety risks to health care workers and patients.  Hospitals and long-term care facilities are the largest contributors to improper pharmaceutical waste disposal and drug diversion.  It is estimated that more than 130 people die …

Legal Implications of an Inadequate CS Waste Program

It is important for all healthcare facilities to follow a proper controlled substance (CS) waste program to prevent drug diversion and environmental contamination.  Drugs defined as controlled substances are proven to have the potential for dependence or abuse and are regulated by the DEA with the Controlled Substances Act.  This …

CS Waste in the OR Setting

Pharmaceutical waste management in hospital ORs is a challenging and complex topic that requires careful planning, procedures and compliance to many regulations.  Managing pharmaceutical waste in hospitals is critical to prevent drug diversion, environmental contamination and to protect staff and patient safety. There are three key issues to understand when …