Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste Regulations Bring Compliance Challenges

By: Ted Wolff
– Environmental Leader 

Complying with the complex array of hazardous waste handling and disposal requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ("RCRA") and its state analogues is a substantial undertaking for retail pharmacies and other "healthcare facilities."  Increased federal and state enforcement against these facilities regarding, among other things, pharmaceutical waste disposal practices has prompted discussion between regulatory agencies and the regulated community about the appropriateness of applying these hazardous waste requirements to the healthcare and retail contexts.

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