EPA Proposal Gives Hospitals A Break on Waste

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a proposed rule for the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. The proposals are intended to eliminate rules under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which have been criticized by the healthcare industry.

The proposals will simplify the process for storing and discarding hazardous drug waste. Experts say the rules will also simplify rules for creating manifests and the shipping process for drug waste. The new rules are expected to make compliance easier and cheaper for hospitals that already follow strong waste management programs.

The proposals will also clarify the status of hazardous waste drugs that are also considered controlled substances. The rules would apply to hospitals, health clinics, doctor and dentist offices, ambulatory surgery centers, long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical reverse distributors, and retail pharmacies. The EPA believes the rules will be finalized by 2016 and will go into effect later that year.

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