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Michigan Hospital First to Earn Certification for Drug Disposal

Magazine article Drug Topics

Michigan Hospital First to Earn Certification for Drug Disposal

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WASTE-MANAGEMENT

Northern Michigan Regional Hospital of Petoskey is the first hospital to be certified for having designed and implemented a pharmaceutical waste-management program in compliance with state, federal, and local regulations. The certification also means the hospital adopted best management practices to prevent drugs from being disposed of in drains or landfills.

PharmEcology Associates LLC, the company that certified the hospital, helped employees identify and manage pharmaceutical waste, and worked closely with regulators to ensure the development of programs that are cost-effective and compliant.

"Northern Michigan Regional Hospital is to be commended on this ground-breaking effort," said Charlotte Smith, president of PharmEcology. "It required all of us to work very closely with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the vendor community to ensure that proper procedures were developed and implemented."

The hospital first identified pharmaceuticals within the facility that meet federal and state definitions of hazardous waste, as defined by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and applicable state regulations. …

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