Pharmaceutical Waste

EPA Releases New Rule for Pharmaceutical Waste

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a new rule concerning the handling, storage, transportation and disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. The rule will go into effect in summer 2019.

The new rule is expected to reduce the amount of pharmaceutical waste entering the nation’s waterways, resulting in safer drinking and surface water. The rule also lifts the hazardous waste classification from FDA-approved over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies, such as gums and patches.

Further, under the new rule, while prescription pharmaceuticals are considered solid waste, non-prescription pharmaceuticals are not considered solid waste if there is a reasonable expectation that the material will be legitimately used, reused or reclaimed.

In recent years, as pharmaceutical waste has been detected in surface and drinking water across the country, regulations concerning the safe disposal of these chemicals have continued to change. At Biomedical Waste Disposal, we always stay abreast of and adhere to all guidelines set forth by the EPA, as well as other federal and state agencies. To learn more about our pharmaceutical waste disposal services, visit us at, or contact our 24-hour customer service center at (877) 644-2424.