Why Local And Safe Drug Disposal Is Important In Rural Communities

Why Local And Safe Drug Disposal Is Important In Rural Communities November 17, 2022 | Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Why Local And Safe Drug Disposal Is Important In Rural Communities Are you looking for ways to protect your community from the increasing dangers of opioid and prescription drug abuse? Whether you’re …

What Determines Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Pharmaceuticals

What Determines Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Pharmaceuticals November 02, 2022 | Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Pharmaceuticals are a necessary part of our society, but when they are no longer needed or have expired, it’s important to dispose of them properly. According to the EPA, the determination of what is considered hazardous pharmaceutical …

Healthcare Quality Week

Healthcare Quality Week Is Your Facility Using Rx Destroyer? October 17, 2022 | Controlled Substance Disposal Systems National Healthcare Quality Week is October 16-22, 2022. This week celebrates progress made by healthcare professionals towards improving patient outcomes.   What is quality in healthcare? The Institute of Medicine defines healthcare quality …

Importance Of Removing Liquid Meds From Syringes

Importance Of Removing Liquid Meds From Syringes September 7, 2022 | Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal The remaining liquid meds from syringes must be disposed of properly in healthcare settings. Learn how to minimize the risks and prevent drug misuse.  Importance Of Removing Liquid Meds From Syringes Did you know the leftover …

Medication Disposal Compliance

Medication Disposal Compliance July 7, 2022 | Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Are you in compliance with disposal of drug waste?   In recent years, there has been a shift to stricter laws regulating pharmaceutical disposal. Practices such as flushing or putting medication waste down the drain are now illegal for DEA registrants. …

Secure Disposal of Controlled Substances

Secure Disposal of Controlled Substances June 24, 2022 | Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal     What is Drug Diversion?  Drug Diversion is, but not limited to, physicians who sell prescriptions to drug dealers or abusers; pharmacists who falsify records and subsequently sell the drugs; employees who steal from inventory and falsify …

What To Know About Medical Waste Disposal

What To Know About Medical Waste Disposal May 27, 2022 | Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Who generates medical waste?  Medical Waste is generated from hospitals, pharmacies, dentists, animal services, and more. A medical waste generator is typically a person or business involved in the following activities, listed by the City and …

Is Your Dry Carbon Drug Disposal System a Fire Hazard to Your Facility?

Is Your Dry Carbon Drug Disposal System a Fire Hazard to Your Facility?   May 12, 2022 | Solutions That Meet Regulations Dry vs Wet Carbon Drug Disposal Systems  DEA Registrants are required to follow DEA and EPA regulations for safe drug disposal. Often, Registrants utilize chemical digestion as their DEA-approved …

Proper Handling of Propofol Waste: Disposal in Anesthesia Setting

Proper Handling of Propofol Waste: Disposal in Anesthesia Setting April 18, 2022 | Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal     Propofol, also known under the brand name of Diprivan, is a non-barbiturate sedative used primarily by trained anesthetists in operating rooms to relax and sedate patients prior to invasive, surgical procedures. The drug …

Destruction of Non-Controlled Substances is Just as Important

Destruction of Non-Controlled Substances is Just as Important Feb. 3, 2022 | Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal It is important to dispose of all medications properly, including controlled and noncontrolled substances.  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors many National Prescription Drug Take Back days across the U.S., and many communities …

2022 Drug Spending Trends For Hospitals

According to the Pharmacy Market Outlook prepared by Vizient earlier in 2021, an increase in pharmaceutical spending of 3.1% is expected for hospitals, medical centers, non-acute providers and healthcare systems throughout the upcoming year to December 2022. Vizient is a leading healthcare performance improvement company in the United States, offering …

Trends Facing Emergency Medical Services in 2022

Emergency medical technicians across the country face critical issues on a daily basis in addition to the increasing issues facing the profession. There are more than 1 million emergency responders in the United States, although according to a report published by Morning Consult, more than one in five healthcare workers …

Disposal of Psychoactive Medications with Activated Carbon

According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health in November of 2016, an activated carbon-based drug disposal system was proven to be effective for deactivation and disposal of psychoactive medications. Psychoactive drugs are prescribed for the treatment of insomnia, pain relief and as antidepressants and as mood …

Disposal Of Model Prescription Sedative Medications with Active Carbon

According to an article published with Scientific Reports in February of 2020, an evaluation of activated carbon used for the safe disposal of prescription sedative medications proved to be effective.  Scientific Reports publishes rigorously peer-reviewed research across natural sciences including engineering, psychology, and medicine. The Need For Safe And Convenient …

Incineration of Discarded Pharmaceuticals

Superior healthcare is one of the greatest benefits of living in a developed country, where the availability of pharmaceuticals treats a host of chronic illnesses and conditions to improve health and life longevity.  While the availability of both over-the-counter and prescription medications is beneficial for our well-being, there is a …

Corporate Wellness Plans Should include At-Home Drug Disposal

Preventing drug use and misuse does not have to stop at the workplace, employers are realizing the benefits of helping workers to dispose of pharmaceuticals at home. How Your Wellness Plan Benefits with At-Home Drug Disposal Human Resource departments in corporations across the country are well aware of the potential …

Long Term Care Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Options

Long term care facilities need an efficient and compliant method of medication disposal that meets the most recent federal regulations.  In the past, many senior living care facilities would simply flush expired medications down the drain. This practice is no longer allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A Better …

Do Vet Clinics Have The Same Medical Waste Regulations?

Managing pharmaceutical waste is critical in any healthcare setting, including in veterinary clinics or animal hospitals.  Veterinary services are similar to human healthcare clinics which generate non-hazardous and hazardous medication waste. Biomass and pharmaceutical materials and chemicals must be segregated and disposed of properly according to all federal regulations for …

Pharma Waste Disposal: What Are the Most Important Considerations?

Pharmaceutical waste is any expired prescriptions, unused or surplus medications that can no longer be used, are no longer needed, or cannot be sold or prescribed. Pharmaceutical waste must be classified and segregated as either hazardous or non-hazardous waste which is dependent upon the characteristics of the pharmaceuticals and the …

Waste Segregation is Key to a Successful Drug Disposal Program

Segregating pharmaceutical waste in hospitals or healthcare clinics at the source is part of a good plan for safe drug disposal that meets federal regulations.  The Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA, and the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, provide federal regulations regarding the safe and compliant handling and disposal of pharmaceutical waste. …

Know What’s Considered Regulated and Non-Regulated

All hazardous pharmaceutical waste and controlled substances must be disposed of properly according to all regulations set forth by federal regulating agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA, and the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA.  Assuming that non-regulated pharmaceutical waste is considered non-hazardous is not completely accurate as almost any type …

Just How Big Is the Prescription Drug Water Contamination Problem?

Drugs like Tylenol, ibuprofen, naproxen, codeine, antidepressants, and antibiotics all have something in common, they have all been found in coastal waters, lakes, and rivers across the United States.  Scientists and U.S. geological surveys have revealed the presence of pharmaceuticals in high concentrations of parts per billion up to parts …

Improper Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Will Cost You

Improperly disposing of pharmaceuticals creates potentially dangerous consequences with one of the greatest threats causing danger to humans and animals. Improper pharmaceutical waste disposal also causes staggering consequences to the environment. Improper handling, storage or disposal of pharmaceutical waste creates hazards within the workplace as well as safety hazards to …

OSHA Guidelines for Medical Waste

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not regulate the final disposal of medical waste, although the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard created in 1991 has specific requirements regarding specific types of waste.  The purpose of the standard is to protect the more than 5.6 million healthcare workers …

Veterinary Handling, Storage and Disposal of Controlled Substances

Prescription medications including controlled substances can help people and animals when they are used correctly. These same medications can be extremely dangerous to humans and animals if they are handled, stored, or disposed of improperly. Veterinary practices as well as animal hospitals, zoos and animal clinics must follow strict policies …

Procedures for the Destruction of Non-Controlled Substances

Disposing of pharmaceutical waste properly is important to protect the environment and to prevent expired medications from falling into the wrong hands. Facilities that dispense medications must have a comprehensive medication disposal handling, storage and disposal policy that is clearly communicated to all personnel. Easy to use drug disposal products …

An Overview of Waste Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Managing pharmaceutical waste is an important part of many industries that use medications such as hospitals, veterinary clinics, correctional facilities, long-term care facilities, various healthcare clinics, pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmacies, and more. Pharmaceutical waste includes medications that are no longer needed, wanted or are expired and must be disposed of.   Risks …

Challenges of Disposing of Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste

  Pharmaceuticals improve quality of life and save the lives of millions of people every year, unfortunately this does not come without a cost. How to properly dispose of different types of pharmaceutical waste has been a problem for many years. Some of the biggest offenders that cause the most …

What Are the Rules for Disposal of Controlled Substances in Hospice?

The rules for disposing of controlled substances have been evolving over the last couple of decades as several pieces of legislation attempt to clarify regulations,  improve safety and prevent drug diversion. Drug diversion occurs when prescriptions are misused by someone for whom they were not intended. Drug diversion is a …

Controlled Substance Disposal in Hospitals a Growing Problem

  Millions of Americans receive prescription opioid painkillers to treat chronic pain and other medical conditions. The abuse of prescription drugs and controlled substances in particular have risen to epidemic proportions in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 232,000 people have died …

Why Is Proper Pharmaceutical Waste Management so Important?

Pharmaceuticals are a critical element in treating patients for medical conditions in various healthcare settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities and other medical establishments. Pharmaceuticals are used in other industries as well such as veterinary clinics and oral health care. The safe handling, management and disposal of pharmaceuticals should …

What Are the Effects of Pharmaceutical Waste on the Environment?

The effects of pharmaceutical waste on the environment has been an area of concern and study for several years. Pharmaceutical waste is known to pollute the environment through various means such as human and pet secretion, although this amount may be low compared to improper disposal of medications. For many …

Public Health Centers in Need of Pharmaceutical Disposal Methods

Public health facilities like homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and crisis facilities are faced with particular challenges regarding the management and proper disposal of unused and expired pharmaceuticals. Many people that come to these public health centers are in need of healthcare and are currently taking or should be taking …

What Regulations Govern Medication Waste in Dentistry?

Many dentists will agree that one of the most challenging things for them to keep up with is maintaining full compliance to all regulations regarding the medication waste in dentistry.  Dental offices and oral surgeons need to use a variety of medications in the course of their treatments such as …

How California Plans to Drive Down the Cost of Prescription Drugs

According to an article by the GRx Pharmacy Blog, The Governor of California, Gavin Newsom (D), has proposed what some may call a radical idea to help reduce the cost of prescription drugs and lower healthcare costs in general for the state.  His idea is to begin a generic drug …

Rx Destroyer™ Offers a Drug Mail Back Program

C2R Global Manufacturing, Inc. focuses on meeting the needs of our customers with a drug mail back disposal program that is easy to use and compliant to federal regulations. Our wide selection of drug disposal containers are available for controlled and non-controlled medications. Rx Destroyer can handle both solid and …

Proud to Participate in the ONDCP Drug Disposal Conference

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) works to reduce drug use, abuse, and the consequences associated with drug diversion as part of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. The ONDCP is tasked with leading, coordinating, developing, implementing, and assessing the U.S. drug policy.  The …

Turnkey Solutions for Compliant Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

It is now more important than ever before for hospitals and all healthcare facilities to follow a strict medication waste disposal policy compliant to all federal regulations. There are hefty fines facing hospitals and healthcare facilities that violate DEA Code of Federal Regulations, CFR 21 as outlined in SUBCHAPTER I, …

Best Practices for Medical Waste Segregation Management Part IV: Conclusion

While every healthcare facility recognizes the importance of medical waste segregation and proper disposal, the challenges facing busy or understaffed healthcare facilities allow for unsafe, noncompliant practices to continue.  Prior to the most recent DEA Code of Federal Regulations, CFR 21 effective September of 2014, and the EPA 40 CFR …

Best Practices for Medical Waste Segregation Management Part III: Challenges

All healthcare facilities must have optimal policies and procedures in place for the effective segregation and disposal of medical waste.  There are many contributing factors that make safe and compliant medical waste disposal a challenge in busy, healthcare facilities. Due to the enormity and the plethora of medical waste generated …

Best Practices for Medical Waste Segregation Management Part II: Methodology

There are many large healthcare systems with robust waste management programs across the United States.  Individual facilities may have different pharmaceutical waste disposal practices for various types of medical waste due to unique facility policies, procedures, and state regulations.  Regardless of facility or state regulations, it is helpful to segregate …

Best Practices for Medical Waste Segregation Management: Introduction

Medical waste disposal practices are regulated by the federal government under the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Medical waste disposal regulations may vary from state to state although they must be at least as stringent as federal regulations. Additionally, each healthcare institution may institute their …

Pharmaceutical Waste in Long Term Care

Senior care nurses have busy workdays caring for elderly residents and maintaining proper records.  Maintaining a proper chain of custody of pharmaceuticals, especially controlled substances, is one of the most important tasks of nurses in any environment, including long term care (LTC).  It is critical to dispose of pharmaceuticals properly …

EMS and Pharmaceutical Waste

Emergency medical services (EMS) providers such as ambulance agencies have a great responsibility to take quick action during times of medical emergency.  This may include administering a controlled substance in the course of providing emergency medical care to save a life.  While administering emergency medication is part of the job, …

Effective Jail Medication Administration Policy Starts in the Med Room

Many unique challenges face nurses working in correctional facilities with medication administration identified as a specialized field in correctional nursing. Many nurses who are new to working in a jail or correctional facility setting are unprepared for the breadth and scope of their responsibilities in managing medication delivery, administration and …

What Is Considered Non-Regulated Pharmaceutical Waste?

All controlled substances and hazardous pharmaceutical waste must be disposed of properly according to federal regulations.  Non-Regulated pharmaceutical waste that may be considered non-hazardous is a bit of a misnomer, as any pharmaceutical waste can be harmful to the environment or to people if used other than as intended.  A …

What are the Major Types of Medical Waste?

Medical waste and the proper disposal of such waste is one of the greatest challenges facing healthcare providers today.  Concerns exist with meeting all federal regulations for proper medical waste disposal as well as epidemiology, HIPAA and potential civil litigation.  Types of medical waste includes a wide variety of items …