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Changes in Pharmaceutical Waste Management

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  • SUGGESTED AUDIENCE • Nursing Home Administrators and Directors of Nursing • Housing with Services/Assisted Living Executive Directors and Clinical Directors • Campus Administrators • Environmental Services • Other interested staff PURPOSE The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has enacted new requirements for management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals in healthcare facilities. Some of these requirements were effective as of August 21, 2019. Most notably among them - hazardous waste pharmaceuticals may not be sewered (flushed or poured down a drain) for disposal. Other requirements do not take effect right away, but instead will be phased in by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency over several years. Providers will also want to know that not all of the requirements create new burdens or prohibitions for them. For example, over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies approved by the U.S. FDA are now exempt from hazardous waste requirements. This webinar is designed to discuss the new requirements as well as those that are forthcoming.