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By: Stericycle
Jun27

As states continue to place a focus on unwanted medication collection policies, three additional states have recently moved forward with legislation regarding various pharmaceutical issues and takeback programs. Florida passed legislation, pending executive approval on July 1, 2017, that allows for patient care providers to properly dispose of controlled substances…

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By: Stericycle
Jun25

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that 91 Americans die every day from opioid addiction and for every death, more than 30 others are admitted to the emergency room. Studies have also shown that these pain pills can become a gateway addiction to…

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By: Stericycle
Jun22

Several cities and counties in the state of California are considering local ordinances for the proper management and disposal of pharmaceuticals. Windsor and Sonoma City are considering the Sonoma County Safe Medicine and Sharps Disposal Program. Santa Barbara County is also considering an EPR program, which is subject to county…

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By: Stericycle
Jun19

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores and RILA asked the EPA to reclassify products with low levels of nicotine during a public meeting held May 9, 2017 by the EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management. While testifying individually, both organizations asked the EPA to reclassify nicotine products as…

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By: Stericycle
Jun14

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) recently proposed new rules to create a statewide pharmaceutical collection program. This takeback program would provide proper product disposal options only for residents, not businesses. Pharmaceuticals, including unused or expired prescription drugs, controlled substances and other pharmaceutical products, would be collected at approved takeback…

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By: Stericycle
Jun07

INDIANAPOLIS (June 7, 2017) – Stericycle Environmental Solutions, a leading provider of environmental and regulated waste management solutions, announces today that its pharmaceutical consumer TakeBack suite received a Top Product of the Year Award at the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards. Stericycle’s pharmaceutical consumer TakeBack suite, consisting of Seal&Send…

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By: Stericycle
May17

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced the following two initiatives to help retail pharmacies prevent violations and protect public health and the environment. The DEC is inviting pharmacies to participate in a special Environmental Audit Incentive program to improve hazardous waste handling. The DEC will…

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By: Stericycle
May09

On April 19, 2017, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a final rule revising the maximum and minimum civil penalties for a knowing violation of the Federal Hazardous Material Transportation Law. Effective immediately, the following updated civil penalties will apply to all knowing violations…

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By: Stericycle
Apr28

Since last month’s blog post, a couple of states have updated their anticipated schedule for adopting the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule. Below is the most up-to-date schedule of states and territories adopting the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule. Effective May 30, 2017: Alaska, Iowa and Puerto Rico Reviewing Internally:…

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By: Marcos Dominguez
Apr23

States are continuing to introduce legislation defining and addressing the requirements for unwanted medication collection. As we mentioned in last month’s blog post on this topic, several of these bills are still in the very initial stages. However, the following states and territories have introduced new legislation for various types…

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