Healthcare Facilities Face New Rules for Disposing of Pharmaceuticals

    View Authors October 2015

    On August 31, 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed the proposed Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals rule outlining management and disposal standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals that are generated specifically by healthcare facilities. Additionally, this rule “clarif[ies] the regulation of the reverse distribution mechanism used by healthcare facilities for the management of unused and/or expired pharmaceuticals” and aims to “strengthen environmental protection” by prohibiting the flushing of hazardous wastes down the toilet or drain. According to an EPA press release, this regulation will “prevent the flushing of more than 6,400 tons of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals annually.”