Health Care Meets the Environment: A Symposium on Managing Pharmaceutical Wastes
31 Jan 2014
Georgia State University
Population Growth including an aging population, preventative medicine, and improved treatment options have all contributed to an increase in the use of prescription and over-the-counter medication. While the benefit of these drugs cannot be overstated, their use does have environmental consequences. In preparation for the Spring 2014 release of EPA's proposed health care facilty-specific pharmaceutical waste management standards, this one day symposium will explore:
The prevalence of drugs in the environment including modes of entry, a comparison of Georgia's water quality to other major cities in the U.S., and the effects on human and aquatic life
Regulatory trends including increased on-site inspections, notices of violation and enforcement actions
New health care facility-specific regulations proposed by the EPA to address the management and disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals generated by healthcare facilities and the impact on industry
Industry efforts including reverse distribution initiatives and hazardous waste management program implementation.