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Pharmaceuticals Treated as Hazardous Waste upon Disposal

Pharmaceuticals that Must Be Treated as Hazardous Waste upon Disposal

The Federal Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA), enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), defines hazardous waste as those "chemicals and formulations deemed to be detrimental to the pictures/environment". A number of drug entities and pharmaceutical formulations meet this RCRA definition.  Below is a list of pharmaceuticals that must be treated as hazardous waste.  If you have questions about a particular compound, please contact EH&S.

   

Arsenic trioxide

Epinephrine

Nicotine

Nitroglycerin

Physostigmine

Physostigmine salicylate

Warfarin

Chloral Hydrate (CIV)

Chlorambucil (chemo)

Chloroform

Cyclophosphamide (chemo)

Daunomycin (chemo)

Dichlorodifluromethane

Diethylstilbestrol

Formaldehyde

Hexachlorophene

Lindane

Melphalan (chemo)

Mercury

Mitomycin C (chemo)

Paraldehyde (CIV)

Phenacetin

Phenol

Reserpine

Resorcinol

Saccharin

Selenium sulfide

Streptozotocin (chemo)

Trichloromonofluromethane

Uracil mustard (chemo)

Warfarin <0.3%