Medical Waste: Is there a cost effective way of disposing pharmaceutical waste

Abstract The Impact of Pharm Waste on the Environment By Claudine Munoz Master of Public Administration The purpose of this study was to identify how much awareness there is with the hazardous associated with medical waste and the different types of waste. In the last few years a major concern with waste as a whole has been the effect it has on the environment and for that reason many states are giving more attention to pharmaceutical waste as it has been reported that 250 million pounds of medication waste is generated every year and reports from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) office of inspector General (OIG), estimates that hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers that accept returns of expired or unused pharmaceuticals generate about 15,000 tons of hazardous waste every year. The Overall concern is that these wastes are migrating into our water.

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