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{Past Event} - Pharmaceutical Waste – Learn Best Management Practices and How to be in Compliance with RCRA

May 12, 2006 - 1:00 pm - May 12, 2006 - 1:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Health care facilities across the United States are asking for guidance on best management practices for hazardous pharmaceutical waste management. Separation of bulk from residual chemo, multi dose vials, training on the units, container placement and cost are a few of the common areas of concern! How do clinics and hospitals comply with RCRA and DOT regulations for segregation of hazardous pharmaceutical waste and maintain cost? Simplicity is key to success. How do we take a complex and costly regulation and implement a sustainable program?

Who should be on this call? Pharmacy, Nursing, Risk Management, Environmental Services, Safety, Infection Control and Administration would be a good team to form for taking a closer look at hazardous pharmaceutical waste. Numerous facilities also include outside consultation to review the facility's formulary and identify the hazardous medications in use.

Takehome Value

Successful pharmaceutical waste management programs require a team approach. By forming that team prior to the call, the group can hear the issues and the options for implementation and then go back and develop their individual plan. Both the speaker and Hospitals for a Healthy Environment are available for follow-up questions that will arise.


Janet Brown, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
Introduction and Moderator. After working as the Medical Waste Manager for 13 years at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, Janet joined H2E as the Partner Coordinator in 2004. Janet works with individual partner facilities in their data collection, goal setting, implementation and maintenance of environmental programs. In her years at Beth Israel, Janet worked with staff to improve segregation of RMW, resulting in over $1,000,000 in cost savings per year, system wide. Cost savings through improved material management resulted in a senior level commitment to environmental management programs.

Eydie Pines, Hospitals for a Healthy Environment
(Not presenting on this teleconference.) Eydie Pines is the coauthor of H2E's new comprehensive guide to hazardous pharmaceutical waste minimization and management. She joined H2E in 2002 and has worked in several capacities including as both the Partner and Champion Coordinator. Prior to working for H2E, Eydie spent 15 years at EPA developing regulations, designing and implementing voluntary waste reduction programs and advancing product stewardship.

Charlotte Smith, PharmEcology Associates, LLC
Charlotte Smith is President of PharmEcology Associates, LLC which she founded in 2000 to assist the healthcare industry in reducing and managing pharmaceutical waste. She co-founded 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. She serves on the NIOSH Hazardous Drug Working Group and is Chair of the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy Board of Visitors.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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