Americans are taking more and more prescription drugs, both legally and illegally, and communities across the country are struggling to deal with the health, financial, and environmental effects. A particular hot-button issue is the safe disposal of expired and unwanted medication. Currently, stakeholders including pharmaceutical manufacturers, product stewardship organizations, federal, state, and local governments, individual pharmacies, and other healthcare entities are working to develop solutions. Medical waste disposal companies who are also reverse distributors like Sharps Compliance are playing a major role to assist these groups in the proper containment, transport, and destruction of unused pharmaceuticals.
Did you know that there are different methods of transporting regulated medical wastes for disposal: mail-back programs and pick-up services? For some customers, mail-back is the more practical and economical option; where for others, pick-up service makes more sense. There are several factors that go into determining which option is the best. The most common include:
- Regulatory considerations
- Types and volumes of regulated wastes
- Pick-up service contracts
- Cost of transport
Both state and federal regulations can be among the largest determining factors in the decision of whether to use mail-back systems or pick-up service for the transport and disposal of regulated wastes for your facility. Regulations define the following:
- Type of wastes that can be transported via mail
- What category of generator may utilize mail-back systems
- How wastes must be packaged and labeled
- mount of time waste can be stored prior to disposal
The deadline for Sharps Compliance’s MedSafe Promotion is July 31. We are running a contest for a chance to win one of twenty MedSafe medication disposal collection receptacles along with a year’s worth of inner liners.
Sharps Compliance has selected winners for its Fall 2017 Scholarship Contest. The contest was open to undergraduate students studying healthcare at an accredited university this Fall. First, second, and third prize winners won $1,500, $1,000, and $750 scholarships, respectively.
There has been an explosion of news coverage recently concerning issues with pharmaceuticals. There is an opioid epidemic, causing concerns for the proper management of opioids — mostly prescribed pills of pain relief opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin. There is also a high level of environmental concern reflecting the disposal of medications of all types, as there are many studies that have been completed on the impacts of human-use pharmaceuticals on water habitats.