News Alerts by Year

    USP Announces Delay in Implementation of USP <800> to December 1, 2019

    [released October 02, 2017]

    USP made the announcement of the implementation delay on its website on September 29th, 2017 as follows:

    Important Updates

    USP is announcing the intent to postpone the official date of General Chapter <800>.

    ... (click here for additional information)

    PharmEcology® Provides Disposal Guidelines for the 2017-2018 Flu Season

    [released September 14, 2017]

    PharmEcology, a division of WM Sustainability Services, is pleased to publish a summary of the proper flu vaccine disposal guidelines for the 2017-2018 flu season as a public service to the healthcare community. ... (click here for additional information)

    EPA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule Effective Federally May 30, 2017

    [released August 15, 2017]

    The EPA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule became effective federally May 30, 2017. It is therefore active in Iowa and Alaska, two states that operate under federal EPA authority. ... (click here for additional information)

    NIOSH 2016 List Updates

    [released July 17, 2017]

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Alert: Preventing Occupational Exposures to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings was published originally in September 2004 in which NIOSH identified a sample list of major hazardous drugs. The list was updated in 2010, 2012, 2014 and most recently in September 2016.... (click here for additional information)

    PharmEcology Launches New State-Specific Website

    [released April 01, 2017]

    PharmEcology Services, a business unit of WM Sustainability Services, is pleased to announce our new website and database to better serve our clients.... (click here for additional information)

    New Increased EPA RCRA Civil Penalty Authority

    [released January 30, 2017]

    In 2015, Congress raised the penalty authority regarding a number of statutes, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ... (click here for additional information)

    EPA Announces Publication of the Final Rule: Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements

    [released January 02, 2017]

    The EPA Administrator signed the Final Rule: Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements on October 28, 2016 and it was published in the Federal Register (FR) on November 28, 2016. ... (click here for additional information)

    PharmEcology® Provides Disposal Guidelines for the 2016-2017 Flu Season

    [released October 11, 2016]

    PharmEcology, a division of WM Sustainability Services, is pleased to publish a summary of the proper flu vaccine disposal guidelines for the 2016-2017 flu season as a public service to the healthcare community... (click here for additional information)

    NIOSH Publishes 2016 Hazardous Drug List

    [released September 13, 2016]

    NIOSH has published its biennial update of the hazardous drug list and continued its practice of offering three tables of products: 

    • Group 1: Antineoplastic drugs; 
    • Group 2: Non-antineoplastic drugs that meet one or more of the NIOSH criteria for a hazardous drug; and 
    • Group3: Drugs that primarily pose a reproductive risk to men and women who are actively trying to conceive and women who are pregnant or breast feeding

    ... (click here for additional information)

    OSHA Updates Hazardous Drug Handling Website

    [released May 27, 2016]

    OSHA has updated its 1999 Technical Manual on handling hazardous drugs... (click here for additional information)

    PharmEcology® Provides Disposal Guidelines for the 2015-2016 Flu Vaccines

    [released November 02, 2015]

    Each year, PharmEcology Services, a division of WM Sustainability Services, publishes a summary of the proper disposal guidelines for the current year''s flu vaccines as a public service to the healthcare community. For this season, it is estimated that manufacturers will provide between 171 to 179 million doses of vaccine to the U.S. market... (click here for additional information)

    EPA Publishes New Proposed Pharmaceutical Waste and Generator Regulations

    [released August 31, 2015]


    USP 800 Hazardous Drugs - Republished for Comments, due May 31, 2015

    [released March 18, 2015]

    On December 1, 2014, the Compounding Expert Committee announced its intention to republish General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs - Handling in Healthcare Settings in the Pharmacopeial Forum (PF). The General Chapter, which was originally published in PF 40(3) [May-June 2014], provides standards to protect personnel and the environment when handling hazardous drugs.... (click here for additional information)

    PharmEcology® Provides Disposal Guidelines for the 2014 - 2015 Flu Vaccines

    [released November 11, 2014]

    As a public service to the healthcare community, every year Waste Management publishes an analysis of the proper disposal guidelines for the current year's seasonal flu vaccines. This year's trivalent flu vaccines provide immunization for the A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus, A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus, and B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus. Quadrivalent vaccines will include an additional vaccine virus strain, a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.... (click here for additional information)

    DEA Publishes Clarification Letter to the Healthcare Industry

    [released October 17, 2014]

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a clarification letter to the healthcare industry with respect to the new controlled substance disposal rule published September 10, 2014, indicating that "...once a controlled substance has been dispensed to a patient by an institutional practitioner.... (click here for additional information)

    DEA Publishes Final Regulations Regarding the Disposal of Controlled Substances

    [released September 09, 2014]

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published the final rule regarding the disposal of controlled substances as authorized by the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 by expanding the options available to collect controlled substances from ultimate users for the purposes of disposal.... (click here for additional information)

    NIOSH Publishes 2014 Hazardous Drug List

    [released September 05, 2014]

    On September 5th, 2014, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), published the 2014 NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings, commonly referred to as the NIOSH Hazardous Drug Alert... (click here for additional information)

    PharmEcology® Provides Disposal Guidelines for the 2013-2014 Flu Vaccines

    [released October 15, 2013]

    As a public service to the healthcare community, every year Waste Management publishes an analysis of the proper disposal guidelines for the current year's seasonal flu vaccines. This year's trivalent flu vaccines provide immunization for the A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus, A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus, and B/Massachusetts/2/2012-like virus. Quadrivalent vaccines will include an additional vaccine virus strain, a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.... (click here for additional information)

    PharmEcology® Provides Disposal Guidelines for the 2012-2013 Flu Vaccines

    [released January 24, 2013]

    As a public service to the healthcare community, every year Waste Management publishes an analysis of the proper disposal guidelines for the current year's seasonal flu vaccines. This year's seasonal flu vaccines provide immunization for the A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus, A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus, and B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus.... (click here for additional information)

    DEA Publishes Proposed Changes in the Regulations Regarding the Disposal of Controlled Substances

    [released December 21, 2012]

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published proposed regulatory changes regarding the disposal of controlled substances as authorized by the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010.... (click here for additional information)

    Pfizer and Waste Management Launch Online Pharmaceutical Disposal Guide

    [released September 13, 2012]

    Health care providers can sustainably manage the disposal of any Pfizer drug product with online search engine that provides waste categorization and disposal information.... (click here for additional information)

    NIOSH Publishes Updated Hazardous Drug List

    [released July 12, 2012]

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Alert: Preventing Occupational Exposures to Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Health Care Settings was published in September 2004.... (click here for additional information)

    EPA Inaction in Identifying Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals May Result in Unsafe Disposal

    [released May 31, 2012]

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Inspector General has released Report No. 12-P-0508 dated May 25, 2012.... (click here for additional information)

    EPA Decides Phentermine Salts are not Hazardous Under RCRA

    [released December 06, 2011]

    In October, 2010, the EPA issued an official email indicating that Phentermine salts should not be considered hazardous under the listing for Phentermine, P046... (click here for additional information)

    EPA Guidance on Containers that Once Held P-Listed Pharmaceuticals

    [released December 05, 2011]

    In a letter dated November 4, 2011, the EPA issued additional guidance for the management of containers that have held P-listed pharmaceuticals, most commonly warfarin (P001) and nicotine (P075).... (click here for additional information)

    PharmEcology® Re-categorizes Bracco's Barium Sulfate Contrast Medium

    [released October 24, 2011]

    Effective immediately, PharmEcology has re-categorized most of Bracco Diagnostics' barium sulfate contrast medium products. Based upon the latest information we have received from Bracco Diagnostics, PharmEcology now recommends that these products be disposed of as non-hazardous pharmaceutical waste.... (click here for additional information)

    PharmEcology® Presents Disposal Guidelines for the 2011-2012 Flu Vaccines

    [released September 12, 2011]

    As part of our ongoing tracking of flu vaccines, PharmEcology presents updated disposal guidelines for this year's seasonal flu vaccines, which provides immunization for the H1N1 flu in addition to the current strains of the seasonal flu. These vaccines are now widely available and vaccination programs are well underway.... (click here for additional information)

    The EPA Publishes Draft Guidance On Best Management Practices for Health Care Facilities

    [released September 22, 2010]

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a draft guidance document proposing Best Management Practices for Unused Pharmaceuticals at Health Care Facilities. The EPA published this document because scientists have identified numerous pharmaceutical compounds at discernable concentrations in our nation's rivers, lakes, and drinking waters and the Agency believes existing practices at medical facilities contribute to this problem by disposing large quantities of unused pharmaceuticals down the drain.... (click here for additional information)

    Waste Management Subsidiary Acquires PharmEcology Associates

    [released April 16, 2009]

    WM Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (WMHS), a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., announced today that it has purchased substantially all of the assets of PharmEcology® Associates, LLC.... (click here for additional information)

    AP Round 2: Even More Drugs in Our Water!

    [released September 18, 2008]

    With a series of press releases last week, the Associated Press provided additional details about the emerging problem of trace pharmaceuticals in our nation's water supply. These reports are follow-up to the original AP series last March which triggered both federal and local legislative hearings into a problem which the public is becomming more aware of by the day.... (click here for additional information)

    EPA Excludes P- and U- Listed Residues in Syringes

    [released May 19, 2008]

    On May 19th, 2008, EPA posted an interpretation letter which extends the previous 1994 exclusion of residual epinephrine in a used, discarded syringe to other P- and U- listed drugs, unless they exhibit another characteristic of hazardous waste, such as ignitability.... (click here for additional information)

    AP Probe Finds Drugs In Our Water Supply

    [released March 13, 2008]

    "Drugs In Our Water Supply" was the topic of discussion in three recent investigative articles published by the Associated Press.... (click here for additional information)

    PharmEcology® Revises Status of EPI and Nitro in the PharmE® Waste Wizard

    [released October 23, 2007]

    In response to USEPA's memo declaring that epinephrine salts are not P042 and therefore are not necessarily hazardous waste, PharmEcology has reviewed all epinephrine producte in its database and has determined that all formulated items are either hydrochloride, bitartrate, or borate salts of epinephrine... (click here for additional information)

    EPA Declares Epinephrine Salts not P042!

    [released October 16, 2007]

    EPA Region 1 issued a release today clarifying the scope of the hazardous waste listing for Epinephrine, Hazardous Waste Code P042. As described in the EPA release, EPA has determined that the scope of the P042 listing does not include epinephrine salts.... (click here for additional information)

    PharmEcology® Receives Patent On Pharmaceutical Waste Identification System

    [released August 22, 2006]

    At a time when healthcare facilities face a growing threat of liability for inappropriate disposal of pharmaceutical waste, PharmEcology® Associates, LLC, announced today that the U.S. Patent Office has issued their patent for a Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste Identification and Management System, Patent # 7,096,161.... (click here for additional information)

    New AJHP Article Documents Contamination of Chemo Vials; H2E Offers Chemotherapy Teleconference

    [released March 07, 2005]

    The American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy reports on mounting evidence that employees who receive and handle chemotherapy drugs should wear gloves to reduce potential contamination. Also, H2E offers a Chemotherapy teleconference on Friday, March 11th.... (click here for additional information)

    PharmEcology® Announces a New Brand, a New Wizard, and New Waste Categories!

    [released February 19, 2005]

    As pharmaceutical waste management evolves, we’re evolving too! To better serve our clients, we’ve developed the PharmE™ trademark to identify our growing line of products and services.... (click here for additional information)

    The EPA Provides Additional Clarifications on P and U Listed Drug Wastes

    [released August 04, 2004]

    PharmEcology® has received official assurance from the EPA that P and U listed drugs remaining in a discarded syringe would not be classified as a listed hazardous waste.... (click here for additional information)

    Drug Topics Highlights the PharmE™ Waste Wizard

    [released September 15, 2003]

    Drug Topics' Newsbreaks article covers the PharmE™ Waste Wizard, a "new service to help hospitals manage their drug waste." Reprinted with permission.... (click here for additional information)

    Waste Pharmaceuticals Considered to be “Emerging Contaminants” in Surface Waters

    [released April 02, 2002]

    Pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and other organic wastewater contaminants found in 139 streams around the country made the headlines in March, 2002. Based on a U.S. Geological Survey study published in the March 15, 2002 issue of Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T)... (click here for additional information)