What Is Medical Waste? And Other Common Questions About Sharps & Medical Waste Disposal

Medical waste is generated by healthcare facilities (human and animal), research institutions, and even at home. Each time you have blood drawn, surgery, get a filling at the dentist, or visit a pharmacy for a flu shot, you create medical waste. Improper waste disposal has serious health and environmental consequences. Health professionals and consumers need to understand how to protect themselves and their communities.
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MedSafe Town Hall Announced for October 24

Sharps Compliance is hosting an online town hall to provide information about the MedSafe medication disposal system to independent pharmacists. Sharps sales and regulatory experts will discuss the purpose of the MedSafe kiosk, who can use it, and the regulations concerning the program.
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Part 2: Incineration – Safe, Cost-Effective, and EPA-Recommended Drug Disposal

As Americans’ use of prescription medications increases – a 2017 study found that 55% of the population regularly takes a prescription drug – safe disposal of unused medication is becoming a more challenging and urgent issue. Educating the public about the risks of improper disposal and offering safe options can protect communities and the environment.
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Part 1: Drug Take-Back Programs – The Most Effective Disposal Solutions for Unused Medications

Proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals protects the community by keeping drugs away from our children and pets, off our streets, and out of the hands of abusers. Safe disposal also reduces the chance of drugs entering the water supply.
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Types of Regulated Medical Waste

Every medical waste generator must have a solid understanding of the different types of regulated medical waste. Approximately 15% of the waste generated in healthcare is deemed regulated medical waste, and proper handling is critical. Improper disposal can spread disease and leave your facility open to fines and lawsuits. Make sure your staff understands what constitutes regulated medical waste and is appropriately trained on its handling, containment, packaging, labeling, storage, transport, and disposal.
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