[Pharmwaste] Updates to the Fish & Wildlife SMARxT Disposalwebsite
Fred.Massoomi at nmhs.org
Thu May 8 11:59:36 EDT 2008
This new article in JAMA articulates Catherine's points exactly!
Firouzan 'Fred' Massoomi, Pharm.D., FASHP
Nebraska Methodist Hospital
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From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us
[mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Catherine
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2008 10:43 AM
Cc: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: Re: [Pharmwaste] Updates to the Fish & Wildlife SMARxT
While I do applaud FWS and partners on the SMARxT website, I've been
disappointed by their lack of answers to my questions regarding source
reduction of pharmaceutical waste. I specifically asked the contacts at
Pharma, FWS and APhA what they were doing to minimize the waste and only
received a somewhat oblique response from FWS.
We know that SMARxT and collections are only a stop gap solution to the
problem. So, we stop medications from being disposed down the drain.
When pharmaceuticals are landfilled, the landfill leachate still goes to
the wastewater plant, where again, it is likely untreated. Incinerated
pharmaceuticals use energy and contribute to air pollution. The likely
largest source is excretion--which isn't collected at SMARxT. Bottom
line, we need source reduction solutions; like improved health,
alternative therapies to solve our aches and pains, targeted dosage
forms, reduced prescription sizes, trial doses and the like. We need
some product stewardship on the part of Pharma, APhA and others.
Health Care Specialist
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
University of Minnesota
Helping Minnesota businesses maximize resource efficiency, increase
energy efficiency, reduce costs, and prevent pollution
> An update from F & W on the SMARxT Disposal website at
> Thank you for your interest in supporting SMARxT Disposal.
> We have made some additions to the SMARxT Disposal website:
> 1) Added electronic files for a magnet and poster. All files are
> being posted in pdf format. In most cases, this format should be fine
> for printing high-quality materials. However, if you would like to
> produce a full-size poster, you will need to contact us and request a
> cd with the poster files. The size of these electronic files made
> posting them to the website prohibitive. Also, if you need any of the
> electronic files in a different format, please feel free to contact
> 2) Expanded the "Common Questions" page. We have added responses to
> several questions we have received via email. We are working on
> developing responses to several other questions and hope to post them
> in the next few weeks.
> We will continue to send you emails to keep you up-to-date on our
> SMARxT Disposal efforts.
> Sincerely, Kelly M Geer
> Kelly Geer
> Wildlife Biologist/Outreach Specialist U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
> Division of Environmental Quality kelly_geer at fws.gov
> Deborah L. DeBiasi
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