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 clear 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 …

Challenges Facing Pharmaceutical Waste Management in Healthcare

The healthcare industry has been faced with confusing regulations regarding pharmaceutical waste management for more than a decade.  Drug disposal regulations can vary from state to state and greatly impact compliance.  Healthcare workers and nursing staff are focused on treating patients and are juggling multiple priorities. Maintaining compliance is challenging …

Best Practices for CS Waste in ER Setting: CSDPP Core Elements

Drug diversion in health care systems is a serious issue in both the United States and Canada.  According to the Society of Hospital Medicine, the US and Canada are the two highest consumers of opioids worldwide per-capita.  Opioids and other controlled substances are diverted from healthcare facilities for nonmedical use …

Proper Handling of Propofol Waste: Disposal in Anesthesia Setting

Propofol, also known under the brand name of Diprivan, is a sedative used primarily in operating rooms to relax and sedate patients prior to invasive, surgical procedures.  Propofol is used as a supplement to general anesthetics, although is not currently listed as a controlled substance with the same DEA regulations …

DEA definition of non-retrievable?

The final rule implements a standard of destruction of which RxDestroyer™ product meets: non-retrievable. The process utilized to render a substance “non-retrievable” shall permanently alter the substance’s physical or chemical condition or state through irreversible means and thereby render the substance unavailable and unusable for all practical purposes. A substance …

STAT Health Care Company now offering Rx Destroyer™ suite of products

We strive to be the company you rely on and want as your partner. Integrity, community responsibility, superior products at the best price along with exceptional customer service are our highest priority. Our goal is to provide you with the best experience online for your purchasing needs. Please allow us …

Moore Medical of Connecticut now offering RxDestroyer™

Moore Medical LLC, a subsidiary of McKesson Medical-Surgical, is an Internet-enabled, multi-channel, specialty direct marketer and distributor of medical-surgical supplies, equipment and pharmaceuticals to approximately 120,000 healthcare practices, facilities and organizations in non-hospital settings nationwide. Our customers include: physicians, podiatrists, obstetricians and gynecologists, pediatricians, surgeons, emergency medical technicians, schools, colleges …

RX Destroyer™ now available at Hospice Pharmacia.com

Effective May 8, 2014, Hospice Pharmacia has replaced their former medication disposal system with an easier, more user friendly product, RX Destroyer TM.  The Rx Destroyer TM is an eco-friendly “disposal in a bottle”. The Rx Destroyer bottle contains a ready-to-use chemical digestion solution. Read more at: https://www.hospicepharmacia.com/view-event.aspx?id=207

Safe Disposal of Unwanted Medications

Safe & Easy DRUG DISPOSAL The patent-pending Rx Destroyer™ incorporates vented-cap technology and reformulated with user-friendly ingredients to safely destroy unwanted medications. Medication Disposal in a Bottle™. Simply, look for the RED cap. Rx Destroyer™ is the only disposal product in the market that self regulates bottle pressure to allow …

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