Healthcare Waste

Just like any other medical facility, pharmacies also need to take the proper precautions to ensure the proper disposal of waste.

Pharmaceutical waste needs to be transported safely to reduce any risk of occurrence. Also, it is important to abide by the laws to prevent being on the wrong side. Pharmacies tend to have different kinds of medicines that are useful to humans when taken in the right dosage.

The Responsibility of the Pharmacy Regarding Clinical Waste Management

  1. The waste management chain must be followed from usage to disposal and proper management. A pharmacy must take full responsibility for the waste before it is taken by a licensed waste management company.
  2. It is the mandate of the pharmacy staff to ensure proper separation, disposal, and transportation of the waste. This is before it is taken by TCW waste collection company.
  3. Pharmacies must ensure that the environment is free from harmful pharmaceutical waste or other sharps materials.
  4. Every pharmacy employee should be trained to adhere to all regulations and waste classification.
  5. Every employee should know the proper segregation of cytotoxic, cytostatic waste, clinical waste, offensive waste, hazardous waste, healthcare waste, infectious waste, non-clinical waste, amalgam waste, biohazard waste, anatomic waste, waste from chemicals, contaminated sharps, and other medicines.
  6. Pharmacy staff need to know how to separate mixed clinical waste brought in by households safely.

Most of these regulations are dependent on the size of the pharmacy, location, and users. Therefore, it is everyone’s mandate to comply with it.

The Handling of Controlled Drugs

There are different types of drugs and pharmacy staff need to be enlightened on proper handling. Pharmacies get different types of drugs some of which can be harmful when taken in excessive amounts and safe drugs.

That’s why there is a need for proper handling of drugs in pharmaceuticals to prevent the sale of expired drugs that can pose a threat to the users.

Safe Care When Dealing With Medicine in the Pharmacy

Proper care needs to be taken when it comes to dealing with

  • Open or closed tight medicines
  • Partially open drugs/medicine
  • Used packaging
  • Used sharps

Also, pharmacies must have two waste transfer documents which are the consignment note (hazardous waste) and waste transfer note(non-hazardous waste).


Regulations, rules, and policies can sometimes be lengthy. However, if you are operating a pharmacy, it is crucial to adhere to all the rules to prevent being on the wrong side of the law.

TCW understands the compliance laws and works towards ensuring the facilities they deal with, adhere to the same.

We know how these regulations are important for the sake of healthcare professionals, the public, and the environment. Contact us today to get the best pharmacy solutions to ensure you adhere to all regulations.

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