Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule that would increase regulations regarding disposal of pharmaceuticals classified as hazardous waste. The rule argues that long-term care facilities should be subject to more stringent requirements, including that facilities would be prohibited from disposing of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals by flushing them down the toilet or into a drain. The rule applies to assisted living facilities, hospices, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and the assisted living and skilled nursing care portions of continuing care retirement facilities.
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EPA Published Proposed Rule