[Pharmwaste] New FDA Web Page Lists Disposal Instructions for Select Medicines

Catherine Zimmer zimme053 at umn.edu
Fri Oct 16 10:18:47 EDT 2009


Hi James and all,
FDA provided no evidence related to the safety of these drugs in our 
drinking water sources wit this ruling.  I'd like to know just exactly 
how safe it is for me and my family, especially children to consume 
small doses of these chemicals over a lifetime of drinking water?  How 
did FDA make the determination that this is safe?

Catherine Zimmer
Health Care Specialist

Minnesota Technical Assistance Program
University of Minnesota
612.624.4635, 800.247.0015
http://www.mntap.umn.edu

Helping Minnesota businesses maximize resource efficiency, increase energy efficiency, reduce costs, and prevent pollution



James Hunter wrote:
> FDA completed their labeling review for drug product labels with 
> flushing directions. No new drug substances were added that wasn't 
> already on the list. Only a few new product brands containing 
> substances already on the list, generic equivalents of existing, and a 
> few new dosage forms (dilaudid liquid is one, I think). Onsalis and 
> Embeda, both high potency Schedule II opiates, are two recent FDA 
> approvals with patient labeling that recommends flushing unused drug.  
> All the drugs on the list contain controlled substances, and most are 
> Schedule II opioids that could definitely kill a child, and maybe an 
> adult too if they were your first experience with a opioid-type drug.   
>  
> Jim Hunter, RPh., MPH
> FDA
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> On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 3:28 PM, Gressitt, Stevan 
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