Pharmaceutical Waste

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Pharmaceutical Waste must be disposed of as Hazardous Waste

  • Many chemical and/or pharmaceutical compounds used in research or in the treatment of disease at the University of Florida are regulated by the EPA as listed or characteristic hazardous wastes when disposed.
  • Many other pharmaceutical compounds are not regulated as hazardous waste but may pose a threat to human health or the environment and have the potential to be misused.
  • All unusable prescription or non-prescription pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical compounds used in treatment or research should be disposed of through EH&S as Hazardous Waste.
  • A limited number of prescription pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical compounds used in research and treatment are regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration under the Controlled Substances Act.  EH&S does not collect controlled substances for disposal.

NOTE: This guidance is intended to highlight common chemicals and pharmaceutical compounds used in research and treatment of disease which are examples of EPA regulated hazardous wastes. The lists are by no means exhaustive.  Please refer to the Identification of Hazardous Waste for a more comprehensive method of identifying all potential hazardous wastes.