[Pharmwaste] RE: Human Albumin

Catherine Zimmer zenllc at usfamily.net
Thu Apr 18 19:20:28 EDT 2013

I would suggest any product that was sterile and used as an injectable does not contain sufficient dose of any infectious agent to warrant managing as infectious waste.  Remember there is a chain of transmission that must be complete for infection to occur.  In this case, that is highly unlikely.

Very truly yours,

Catherine Zimmer, MS, BSMT
Zimmer Environmental Improvement LLC

From: Smith, Charlotte 
Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2013 3:31 PM
To: Kelly, Leigh Ann ; Pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us 
Subject: [Pharmwaste] RE: Human Albumin

Hi Leigh Ann,


Human albumin and empty  containers that held it should be managed as a biohazardous waste in the red containers since there is always a very slight risk of infectious agents, as stated in the manufacturers’ literature. 


Best regards,


Charlotte A. Smith, R. Ph., M.S.

Senior Regulatory Advisor, PharmEcology Services

WM Healthcare Solutions, Inc. 

csmith at pharmecology.com


Waste Management 

1001 Fannin, Suite 4000

Houston, TX 77002

Tel  877 247 7430

Cell 713 725 6363



From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Kelly, Leigh Ann
Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2013 8:25 AM
To: Pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] Human Albumin


Should the used vials / bottles of Human Albumin be disposed of in the Black box, pharmaceutical waste containers or the red, biohazardous waste containers?


Leigh Ann Kelly, BS, RN, CIC

Infection Prevention

Florida Hospital - Winter Park Memorial

Office 407-646-7598

Pager  407-231-0771




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