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Research is documenting with increasing frequency that many “emerging contaminants” (ECs) such as pharmaceuticals, hormones, and fragrances that have not historically been considered as environmental contaminants are present across the world. These emerging contaminants (ECs) are commonly detected in municipal, agricultural, and industrial wastewater sources. Since 1998, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Emerging Contaminants Project ( has been conducting “source to receptor” research on this rapidly advancing topic.

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  • Understand how to conduct a value analysis of the pharmaceutical waste stream, including opportunities to prevent pharmaceutical waste and its associated costs
  • Learn how to train the trainers for pharmaceutical waste education in a health care setting
  • Learn how to conduct a characterization of the pharmaceutical waste stream
  • Understand the methodology of a health care facility to comply with EPA RCRA for proper management of hazardous pharmaceutical wastes.
  • Review pharmacy formulary to identify the proper methodology of management of pharmaceuticals
  • Management approaches to segregation of hazardous pharmaceutical wastes.


Dana Kolpin , U.S. Geological Survey
Telephone: 319-358-3614
Dana Kolpin is a research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Iowa City, IA. He received his B.S. from Iowa State University and his M.S. from the University of Iowa (both in geology). His research interests include the occurrence of pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and other emerging contaminants in the environment. He has published over 100 papers and reports on environmental contaminants. He has been the project chief of the USGS Toxic Program’s Emerging Contaminants Project since 1998.

Charlotte Smith, R. Ph., M.S., PharmEcology Associates, LLC
Telephone: 414-292-3959
Charlotte Smith is Director of PharmEcology Services, part of Waste Management Healthcare Solutions (WMHS). She founded PharmEcology Associates, LLC in 2000 and sold the company to WMHS in April of 2009. Waste Management, Inc. is North America’s leading provider of comprehensive waste management and environmental services. Based in Houston, Texas, it is a FORTUNE 200 company with revenues of approximately $13 billion and more than 45,000 employees. Being a part of WMHS will enable PharmEcology to assist the healthcare industry in reducing and managing pharmaceutical waste even more effectively. In addition to her work with PharmEcology, she is also a co-founder of Capital Returns, Inc., a nationally known pharmaceutical reverse distributor in 1991 and for 10 years served as president and chief regulatory advisor. Ms. Smith is a registered pharmacist who received her BS in Pharmacy and MS in Continuing and Vocational Education from the University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services. Ms. Smith can be reached at 414-292-3959, or at

Russell Mankes, PhD, Albany Medical Center
Telephone: 518-262-5490
Russell F. Mankes, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Center of Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience and the Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College. Dr Mankes has authored or co-authored over 90 scientific and technical publications and has held numerous research grants in reproductive toxicology and birth defects research. He serves as Toxicologist, Chemical Hygiene Officer and Responsible Official for the Albany Medical Center. Dr Mankes was a 2006 US EPA Environmental Quality Awardee and has been awarded a two year $153,000 US EPA Grant for Pharmaceuticals Waste Minimization. He chairs Albany Medical Center’s Controlled Substance Governing Board and is a member of the Centers Hazardous Materials Response team. He is responsible for compliance with Select Agent Regulations, State and Federal RCRA regulations as well as JCAHO’s EoC standards for Hazardous Materials and Waste Management. Dr Mankes received his doctorate in Experimental Pathology and Environmental Toxicology from the Albany Medical College.

John Simpson, Stericycle
Telephone: 612.285.9865
John has over 16 years of experience in the hazardous waste field, which includes extensive exposure to a multitude of hazardous waste streams and regulations. Over the past five years, John was involved with the development and implementation of many initial Rx Waste programs in the United States, and he continues to be involved with new program startups every day.

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