Safe Disposal of Expired Medications: A Guide for Illinois Pharmacies

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Illinois pharmacists, as trusted healthcare providers, play a vital role in ensuring the well-being of their communities. This extends beyond dispensing medications to include the safe and responsible disposal of expired or unused drugs. Improper disposal poses significant environmental and public health risks, as documented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. […]

Best Practices for Pharmaceutical Waste Management in Dental Offices

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Every dental office creates pharmaceutical waste, from the buzzing multi-chair clinic to the quiet two-chair practice. This vital yet often overlooked component of dental practice operations includes expired medications, used syringes, and empty anesthetic cartridges. The improper disposal of these items creates a significant environmental and public health concern. Moreover, it can lead to substantial […]

Understanding the Differences Between RCRA and Non-RCRA Pharmaceuticals

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Pharmaceutical waste management is critical for healthcare facilities, pharmacies, and environmental management organizations. Proper pharmaceutical waste disposal is essential to protect public health and the environment. One of the primary challenges in managing pharmaceutical waste is understanding the differences between RCRA and non-RCRA pharmaceuticals. This blog will delve into these two categories and discuss the key […]

Navigating Pharmaceutical Waste Management

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Pharmaceutical waste management is critical to healthcare operations, as improper disposal can severely affect the environment, public health, and regulatory compliance. This comprehensive guide will help clinics and hospitals navigate the complexities of pharmaceutical waste management to ensure safe, efficient, and compliant practices.   Pharmaceutical Waste: Gaining Insight Pharmaceutical waste includes expired, unused, or contaminated medications […]

Pharmaceutical Waste: What You Need to Know

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When managing and disposing of medical materials, it’s important to understand the different types of waste that require specialized handling. Pharmaceutical waste is a broad category encompassing expired, unused, split or contaminated products as well as items used in their handling. It can be classified as either hazardous (RCRA) or non-hazardous (Non-RCRA). Properly separating these […]