[Pharmwaste] FW: APhA recommendations for drug disposal

DeBiasi,Deborah dldebiasi at deq.virginia.gov
Fri Aug 3 15:17:17 EDT 2007

February 14, 2007     APhA (American Pharmacists Association) Provides Guidance on Proper Medication Disposal Use with Respect and Discard with Care

February 20, 2007		The Federal Government, including the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Dept. of Health & Human Services, and the Environmental Protection Agency jointly issued guidelines for proper disposal of prescription drugs.  http://www.ondcp.gov/news/press07/022007.html

February, 2007		The White Office expanded the previous announcement and added the list of drugs that should still be disposed of by flushing.        http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/publications/pdf/prescrip_disposal.pdf

March 17, 2007  	The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) have banded together to help protect our nation's fish and aquatic resources from improper disposal of medication.    http://www.aphanet.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=News_Releases1&CONTENTID=7657&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm

-----Original Message-----
From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us [mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Tenace, Laurie
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 2:51 PM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] FW: APhA recommendations for drug disposal

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Ross - I don't find those guidelines on the APhA web site either and don't remember seeing this article posted to the list. I wonder if the writer got his source wrong. Anyone on the list serve know if these are actually APhA guidelines? If so, please provide a reference for us - Laurie

Laurie J. Tenace
Florida Department of Environmental Protection 
PH: (850) 245-8759
Laurie.Tenace at dep.state.fl.us 

-----Original Message-----
From: Bunnell, Ross [mailto:Ross.Bunnell at po.state.ct.us] 
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 11:14 AM
To: Tenace, Laurie
Subject: APhA recommendations for drug disposal


I didn't post this on the ListServe because I wasn't sure if it had already been posted.  Please do so if someone hasn't done so already.

Apparently the American Pharmacists' Association has recommendations for disposing of pharmaceuticals.  See the article at:


According to this article, APhA (thankfully) recommends against dumping unwanted drugs down the toilet.  I tried to find the source of this information on the APhA website (http://www.aphanet.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=APhA_Websites), but was not able to find anything.  Do any of the many pharmacists on the ListServe know of a written APhA policy on disposal?

- - Ross Bunnell, CT DEP
Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance
Waste Engineering & Enforcement Division
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127
Tel. (860) 424-3274  Fax (860) 424-4059

Disclaimer:  Any views expressed in this email represent only the sender's personal opinion based on his knowledge and experience with the DEP, and in no way should be considered a formal ruling by the Department.  It is always the obligation of a generator or other handler of waste to be familiar with and to comply with all applicable state and federal requirements.

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