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Don’t Flush the Drugs! The EPA is Coming!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a pre-publication Proposed Rule (40 C.F.R. part 266, subpart P) regulating the management and disposal of drugs deemed “hazardous waste pharmaceuticals” by healthcare providers. One of the EPA’s principal objectives in promulgating the Proposed Rule is to curtail the environmental impact of pharmaceuticals on lakes and rivers by reducing the … Continue Reading

DEA Authorizes Take-Back Programs for Pharmacies

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently issued a Final Rule expanding the facilities that can collect unused prescription drugs to now include retail pharmacies, hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers, as well as other specified entities. The Final Rule allows these entities to institute prescription drug take-back programs where patients can turn over unused pharmaceuticals either … Continue Reading
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