Proper Disposal of Dental Anesthetic Carpules

This is an update of the article originally published on January 12, 2016. Regulations change frequently. That’s why Sharps Compliance monitors updates and communicates any changes to its customers.

Are used dental anesthetic carpules classified as medical waste, pharmaceutical waste, hazardous waste, or general waste that can be placed in the trash? Dental offices frequently ask our team this question about carpule disposal. The answer depends on the used carpule and the regulations for the state in which the office practices.

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Proper Disposal of Dental-Related Wastes Protects Staff, Patients, and the Environment

Like all medical offices, a dental practice generates medical wastes that require careful handling and disposal. Each type of dental waste is governed by specific state and federal regulations. Regulatory non-compliance can result in large fines, so it’s important to understand the requirements.
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Affordable Medical Waste Disposal for Small Businesses

OSHA, OPIM, DEA, RMW, CPL-02-02-069…When you’re running a medical practice, it’s hard enough to manage the staff, serve patients, and keep up with insurance paperwork, much less stay on top of regulatory requirements and changes. You know how important it is to protect your patients, staff, and community from exposure to potentially dangerous pathogens and/or wastes, but that requires knowledge and training.

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How Sharps’ Patient Support Program Helps Improve Data Collection & Collaboration

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop said it best: “Drugs don’t work in patients who don’t take them.” Unfortunately, many patients don’t take their drugs. Health care providers, third-party payers, and pharmaceutical companies have taken notice. They’re studying the issue of non-adherence and looking for solutions to the problem. Sharps Compliance is an active partner in this effort.

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USP <800> Compliant Hazardous Drug Spill Control Kits from Sharps Compliance

Beginning December 1, 2019, compounding pharmacies and other healthcare facilities that handle hazardous drugs (HD) must have USP <800> compliant spill kits on-site. This is an effort to protect workers in the event of accidental spills of HDs. The requirement is part of USP General Chapter 800, which “describes the practice and quality standards for handling hazardous drugs.”  Sharps Compliance is introducing the Hazardous Drug Spill Control Kit™ for the safe cleanup and disposal of spilled chemotherapy and other hazardous drugs.

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