Many steps are required to safely and legally transport and dispose of hazardous pharmaceutical waste.
Who Is Responsible for Pharmaceutical Waste Compliance?
Properly completing a waste profile ticket is one of the most crucial steps in pharmaceutical waste compliance of both non-hazardous and hazardous waste disposal. The profile ticket lists all of the chemical properties of the waste being disposed such as:
- Waste form such as solid, liquid, sludge
- Discernible odor
- Chemical composition
- Flash point
- EPA hazardous waste code
This is necessary for the disposal facility to accept, store and dispose of pharmaceutical waste. The profile ticket must include the:
- Accumulation start date
- Accumulation end date
- Generator of the waste information and location
The generator of the waste is responsible for completing the proper profile ticket and verifying the dates on the form. It is beneficial to check with an experienced pharmaceutical waste disposal company to ensure that you are following the proper procedures to meet all federal DEA and EPA regulations.
When Should Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal Profile Ticket Be Dated
Pharmaceutical waste compliance requires that all pharmaceuticals be separated into non-hazardous, trace chemotherapy waste, RCRA and bulk chemotherapy waste. Proper disposal of pharmaceutical waste is critical to prevent drug diversion and contamination to the environment. Pharmaceutical waste includes expired, unused or partially used medications such as capsules, tablets, pills, narcotics, lozenges, lollipops, injectables, suppositories, creams, powders, patches and liquids.
Sharps like syringes, glass vials, IV bags and tubing are also included in pharmaceutical waste that must be disposed of separately and be in compliance with all state, local, tribal and federal regulations. Waste containers must be labeled properly for safe and legal transportation for disposal that meets pharmaceutical waste compliance.
Providing the proper dates on medication disposal containers and maintaining a properly completed profile ticket is important because hazardous pharmaceutical waste like trace chemotherapy waste can only be stored for a certain number of days. According to Environmental Protection Agency, the volume of hazardous waste produced by each generator determines the regulations that apply. For example, small quantity generators may accumulate waste for up to 180 days, whereas large quantity generators must dispose of hazardous pharmaceutical waste within 90 days.
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