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Pharmaceutical Waste Regulation Compliance

Pharmaceutical waste disposal regulations are often complex, given the various supervisory agencies involved. Given that state and federal regulations pertaining to sharps disposal, hazardous materials, toxic chemicals and pharmaceutical products are constantly evolving, Citiwaste works with clients to ensure they are in total compliance. For more than a decade, Citiwaste has been helping New York and New Jersey organizations comply with pharmaceutical waste regulations set forth by:

  • State pharmacy boards
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Publicly Owned Treatment Works
  • The Joint Commission
  • US Environmental Protection Agency Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA)
  • Clean Water Act of 1972 (CWA)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • State environmental agencies
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)

Unlike many national medical waste companies, Citiwaste has local knowledge on the latest waste regulations that affect the pharmaceutical industry in New Jersey and New York. Want to make sure your company is adhering to best practices for waste disposal that meet all applicable standards? The first step to realizing 100 percent compliance is evaluating your current procedures and daily work practices. Citiwaste can help your facility properly identify, segregate and dispose of pharmaceutical waste that is bound by federal EPA standards under Water Division, as well as waste that is controlled by state regulatory agencies.

Pharmaceutical regulations

Developing and implementing an environmentally sound waste management program is important; however, organizations that generate pharmaceutical waste are a moving target when it comes to remaining compliant. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is designed to protect people and the environment from the hazards of improper chemical waste disposal. Citiwaste understands the challenges of managing pharmaceutical waste in compliance with RCRA, DEA, OSHA and state regulations, which is why we make it a priority to stay current on all governing laws, so our customers can focus their resources on growing their business.

Fostering environmental stewardship

In an era of increasing environmental concern in regard to hazardous biomedical and drug waste disposal, Citiwaste can help compounding pharmacies, hospitals and drug manufacturers develop pharmaceutical waste solutions that are in accordance with federal and state laws. Complying with all applicable regulations not only prevents hefty penalties and state-imposed violations, it promotes environmental stewardship and fosters a greener work practice that will benefit future generations for years to come.

Mismanaged or improperly discarded pharmaceutical waste has the potential to contaminate precious groundwater, which can prove disastrous for human and environmental health. Protect the safety of your employees and your community by partnering with a licensed hauler that can assure regulatory compliance.

Proper Rx waste identification

Citiwaste has in-depth knowledge of state and federal pharmaceutical waste regulations pertaining to the three categories of Rx waste:

  • Narcotic waste - regulated by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Hazardous pharmaceuticals - chemicals that are regulated by the RCRA (examples include Nicotine, Warfarin, Epinephrine, Mitomycin C, Mercury and Cyclophosphamide)
  • Regulated non-hazardous - including hormones, antibiotics, contraceptives, over-the-counter medications, destructed narcotics and non-RCRA prescription medications.

Even "non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste" must be managed and disposed of in accordance with medical waste regulations imposed by state law. Citiwaste facilitates this process by evaluating and identifying pharmaceutical waste for proper and safe disposal.

Compliance with pharmaceutical waste disposal regulations

Citiwaste offers the following best practices to stay compliant with pharmaceutical waste regulations:

  • Utilize UN/DOT approved waste receptacles that are available from Citiwaste
  • Always use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when handling any type of pharmaceutical waste
  • Maintain Safety Data Sheets for all pharmaceuticals as required by OSHA standards.
  • Safeguard all waste manifests for at least three years.
  • Ensure that pharmaceutical waste is always segregated properly and placed in appropriate, labeled receptacles. Hazardous material should never be placed in ordinary garbage bins, or flushed down the sink or toilet.

With the expert guidance and cutting-edge tools offered by Citiwaste, your business will take environmentally responsible actions that are in compliance with pharmaceutical waste regulations.

To learn more about our cost-effective services available in New York and New Jersey, or to arrange a free estimate, please call our offices at 877-535-CITI FREE (2484).

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