What to do with compounding med wastes

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What to do with compounding med wastes

One of the most frequently asked questions we hear is “Can you take back my compounding med waste?

Compounding has become an important part of healthcare in the United States.  If your pharmacy has started compounding its own medications, you may be like many of the pharmacies we come across that have a large stock of old, outdated compounding powders and a large number of unused (or even partially used) patient compounded medications.  Read on to find out how to handle those medications.

While expired medications have been officially designated a medical waste, and thus subject to hazardous waste laws, each state has been left to set their own laws regarding the transportation of them.  The standard practice nationwide has been to allow reverse distributors an exemption to all hazardous and medical waste transporting permits so long as the medications are believed to have potential credit value from the manufacturer.

Since compounded medications were created in the pharmacy they have no potential for return and reverse distributors are not allowed to take them under normal circumstances.  This has left many pharmacies stuck without a clear direction on how to handle their compounding stock.

In general, the easy answer is to have them destroyed on site utilizing your normal waste service provider.  This eliminates any risk of crossing DOT laws regarding the transportation of medical wastes.

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to us and we will be happy to help you find a safe, responsible solution for all your pharmaceutical needs.