Read on to learn about the types of hazardous drugs commonly found in healthcare organizations.
Topics: Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal
Managing the operations of skilled nursing or long-term care facilities requires attention to a range of requirements – especially when it comes to managing pharmaceuticals. Federal regulations governing the management of hazardous waste, including hazardous pharmaceuticals, are detailed within the Environmental Protection Agency’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
RCRA’s requirements for storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous waste apply equally to all businesses, regardless of the industry they are in or the type of healthcare they provide. The Stericycle Hazardous Drug Disposal Services (HDDS) program is designed to address the Rx waste needs of a wide range of customers – including skilled nursing and long-term care facilities (LTCF), which often require a more customized approach.
If you work in a doctor’s office, hospital, clinic, surgical center, or other healthcare facility that disposes unused medications, you’ll need to know which pharmaceutical (Rx) waste containers to use — and how to use them. These 11 tips can help your organization adhere to the law and avoid costly fines.