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Things You Can Do Now / Past Meetings / More Resources / Contacts

Things You Can Do Now

1) Complete facility self-assessment guide at www.h2e-online.org/pubs/selfasmt.pdf

2) Conduct random expired pharmaceutical audits and remove outdated products from inventory.

3) Separate and store outdated pharmaceuticals by manufacturer and by the manufacturer’s return policy for possible return to the manufacturer.

4) Train all employees according to your outdate management program and ensure that employees can identify, reduce and properly handle wastes.

5) Label every waste container with the contents.

Past Meetings

  • Pharmaceutical Waste Management:
    Regulatory Tangles & Environmental Uncertainties
    May 15th, 2002 Notes

More Resources

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A list of pharmaceuticals containing mercury (excel spreadsheet) is at:
www.premierinc.com/all/safety/publications/10-02_downloads/02_HG_drug_list_08-22-02_public.xls

EPA article on managing pharmaceutical waste
www.epa.gov/nerlesd1/chemistry/ppcp/images/smith-2002.pdf

Pharmaceutical waste FAQ's
www.pharmecology.com/pedd/jsp/static/a2_waste_faqs.jsp

Pharmaceutical wste issues
www.pharmecology.com/pedd/jsp/static/a5_pharmawaste.jsp

Information on a Waste Oxidizer System for Pharmaceutical Waste can be found at: www.hospitalwastedisposal.com/p-196.htm

Rationale for and avenues toward a green pharmacy.
www.epa.gov/nerlesd1/chemistry/ppcp/images/green1.pdf

Drug disposal, waste reduction and future directions.
www.epa.gov/nerlesd1/chemistry/ppcp/images/green2.pdf

Origins and fate of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment.
www.epa.gov/nerlesd1/chemistry/pharma/images/drawing.pdf

Information on pharmaceuticals and personal care products as pollutants
www.epa.gov/nerlesd1/chemistry/pharma/images/forum.pdf

More information on pharmaceuticals and personal care products as ubiquitous pollutants
www.epa.gov/nerlesd1/chemistry/images/192odc02.pdf

From Florida here is a nice guide on hazardous waste management for pharmacies
www.floridacenter.org/brochures_bulletins/rcra_pharmacies.pdf

Pharmaceutical Waste Survey conducted by King County (LHWMP)
www.metrokc.gov/hazwaste/lhwmp/Pharm_IRAC_WasteSurveyReport.pdf

Contacts

Ken Grimm