Today, August 21, 2019, EPA’s Final Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals takes effect federally. The sewer ban component of the new rule applies in all states. Healthcare facilities are now prohibited from flushing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, including DEA controlled substances and “pharmaceutical wastage” that are hazardous waste. This sewering ban may drive many facilities to stop flushing pharmaceuticals entirely (even those that are not hazardous waste), given how complicated it is in practice for healthcare provides to determine which drugs are hazardous [...]Read more
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