PharmE Hazardous® is a classification developed by PharmEcology which identifies products that, while not defined as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), should be considered for treatment as a hazardous waste due to their potential to cause harm, based on the professional judgment of PharmEcology pharmacists.

    We have also added a Biohazardous (Infectious) category for live attenuated vaccines, blood products, globulins, and other pharmaceuticals requiring disposal as infectious waste. These will appear under the PharmE Hazardous® banner but with the Regulated Medical Waste disposal requirements noted.

    PharmEcology uses the following criteria to classify a drug as
    "PharmE Hazardous® Waste"
    • Selected items from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Hazardous Drug Alert 2016

    • Additional chemotherapy agents not already listed as RCRA hazardous

    • EPA Regulated Pesticides

    • Products with a high iodine content

    • Pressurized aerosols

    • Bulk powders

    • Vitamin or mineral preparations that may fail the toxicity characteristic due to chromium, selenium, or cadmium for which there is inadequate data at this time.