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The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA, primarily targets the disposal of dangerous chemicals by industrial users. About 5% of pharmaceutical products are regulated under RCRA as hazardous materials. Thousands of products on hospital formularies are outside the reach of federal regulation, but the government doesn't want the rest of it going to landfills or down the drain either, even if the national rules haven't caught up yet.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not been particularly punitive in enforcing RCRA against hospitals. That may be changing as detection improves and public scrutiny increases.

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Blesch, Gregg (2010, May 24). Putting hospitals on notice; Regulators taking more interest in healthcare drug-dumping. Modern Healthcare.


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