long-term care medication disposal

Last updated on April 13, 2021

The EPA’s new rule regarding pharmaceutical waste disposal means that many long-term care (LTC) facilities will have to change their current practices and train employees on the new regulations. In an interview with McKnight’s Long Term Care News, Sharps Compliance’s Director of Regulatory Compliance, Wanda Lingner, explains how the new EPA rule will affect senior living facilities.

“Long-term care currently has a myriad of different disposal options. Flushing used to be the way that LTCs could easily dispose of unused medications, but that no longer is allowable per the EPA’s new rule. Now the question is: how do they manage the different types of pharmaceutical waste in the most compliant manner?”

How indeed? Lingner answers common questions and concerns that LTC facilities have about compliance under the new rule and how the changes will affect their operations.

  • What are the different methods for medication disposal in long-term care facilities?
  • How does MedSafe save long-term care communities money and staff time?
  • How does the EPA’s new pharmaceutical rule affect medication disposal in long-term care?

Watch the interview to learn how it can help your facility streamline medication disposal while making the process safer for residents, the community, and the environment.

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Kathryn earned her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Texas A&M University and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas. She is certified in high-complexity testing by the ASCP and has been published in the journal Cancer Cytopathology. Her experience ranges from the clinical laboratory to compliance expertise in biohazardous waste management.

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