[Pharmwaste] Does your state have a list of
mirelesmc at earthlink.net
Thu Mar 20 10:50:38 EDT 2008
We code pharmaceutical products based on the PBT Index (persistence in the
environment, bioaccumulation, and toxicity) for our National Unused and
Expired Medicines Registry. This classification system, developed by our
Swedish counterpart, is used widely in Europe to categorize environmental
hazard potential of common medicines that might get into the water. The
testing is based on standard risk assessment methods. There are only about
300 drugs on this current list, and we are working to help the Swedish group
expand this list. Are you familiar with this system?
I can talk to you more in detail about our Registry and application of this
classification system. Is anyone else collecting data on returned
consumers' pharmaceutical products? We would love to compare data. We now
have good data from the west and east coast and discovered that about
40%-50% of prescription drugs are never used by the consumers and usually
would be thrown away by flush down the toilet and sink. This is a very
Matthew C. Mireles, PhD, MPH
President and CEO
Community Medical Foundation for Patient Safety
From: pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us
[mailto:pharmwaste-bounces at lists.dep.state.fl.us] On Behalf Of Richard
Sent: Friday, March 14, 2008 8:42 AM
To: pharmwaste at lists.dep.state.fl.us
Subject: [Pharmwaste] Does your state have a list of
Florida has a list of some 200+ hazardous pharmaceuticals...a useful aid for
hospitals and regulators. Tennessee regulators have asked whether other
states have similar lists, perhaps even more inclusive than Florida's list.
I would appreciate hearing from you, whether or not you have a list of
hazardous pharms---and/or personal care products---so that Tennessee
Department of Environment and Conservation "knows what's out there". I
would happy to provide you with the final compilation of information.
Thanks for your help.
Richard Buggeln, Ph.D.
Manager, Environmental Programs &
Tennessee Materials Exchange
University of Tennessee
Center for Industrial Services
105 Student Services Bldg.
Knoxville, TN 37996
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