EPA’s New Pharmaceutical Rule – Takes Effect 08/21/19

The EPA’s recently finalized Pharmaceutical Rule is effective on August 21, 2019 – six months after being published in the Federal Register. This final rule, referred to as Subpart P, and titled Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine,” is a sector-based rule for the healthcare industry. Continue reading “EPA’s New Pharmaceutical Rule – Takes Effect 08/21/19”


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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P-Listed Hazardous Waste

P-listed waste, or “acutely toxic” waste, is formally defined by the EPA as “pure and commercial grade formulations of certain unused chemicals that are being disposed.”  To meet this definition, the unused chemical must be listed under 40 CFR 261.33 and be part of a commercial chemical product, such as a medication.

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Recycling Single-Use Medical Devices with the TakeAway Recycle System

Do you know that hospital acquired infections (HAIs) can have a direct correlation to reprocessed medical devices according to a Johns Hopkins study published in October 2018?1  Have you read that The ECRI Institute, an independent and trusted authority on healthcare practices and products that improve the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of patient care, listed “Mishandling Flexible Endoscopes after Disinfection Can Lead to Patient Infections” with an emphasis on reprocessing on the “2019 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards”?2

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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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