Pharmacies and pharmaceutical manufacturers need to become more and more accountable for the volumes of waste they produce and how it is disposed. There are strict compliance requirements that have to be met with regards to waste, as per the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. Not abiding with these laws can attract a penalty under Environment Protect Act which involves imprisonment of person-in-charge up to 5 years and/or fine up to INR 100,000.
This responsibility also extends to each and every entity of our society which includes general public who are the end consumers of these pharmaceutical medicines. The need of the hour is awareness towards safe disposal of the left over and expired drugs at every household.
Using an experienced waste carrier is the only option to ensure you are meeting the legislation standards required. We at Satva Health Solutions offer technical health expertise, services and advice to help you dispose all your pharmaceutical waste safely and effectively abiding all the legal requirements. The benefits of our services can be enjoyed by Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, Pharmacists, Hospitals, Dental practitioners, Nursing homes, Veterinary hospitals, Medical colleges, Labs, NGO’s and Research organizations.
The end consumer of pharmaceutical drugs is the common man, the citizen of this country. It is projected that more than 40% of the prescribed medicines go unused and gets stocked in cabinets and cupboards. This could lead to potential misuse and abuse. Older people might end up taking the expired drugs which are no longer effective. This can have dangerous repercussion. This calls for safe disposal of expired and unused drugs.
Here are some of the Do’s and Don’ts in regard to disposing pharmaceutical waste from households.
- Check your medicine box and cabinets regularly for the expired and unused drugs. If you are not sure if the drug is safe, check with your nearest pharmacy.
- Bring all the unused and expired drugs, over-the-counter medicines and health products to your local pharmacist for proper disposal.
- Do not throw the medicines in your garbage bin. They could end up in the wrong hands and could be repacked and sold.
- Do no flush down the medicines, syrups, etc. down your toilet or sinks because they will ultimately reach and contaminate some water body.
High Temperature Incineration is the right method of destroying expired and unused pharmaceuticals. Incinerators operate at temperatures between 900 C and 1200 C and are equipped with mechanisms to render pharmaceuticals non-retrievable and unrecognizable and remove all toxic by-products.Satva Health Solutions provides safe and affordable destruction of waste materials for both public and private organizations.