LOL! How do you guys dispose of IV antibiotics?

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by Maestrojo, Dec 3, 2007.

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  1. Maestrojo

    Maestrojo re-pre-Pharm..... 10+ Year Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Northern California
    I'm just a technician working in a hospital pharmacy but even I know there is something wrong with disposing of IV antibiotics down the drain.

    Most of the pharmacist I work with are "old school" so they really don't care.

    I know there has got to be some sort of protocol. Heck, we can't even throw away basic organic chemicals in O-Chem, so how is it safe to dump antibiotics like:

    Levaquin/Vancomycin/Zyvox/Rocephin/Caspofungin/Fortaz/Ancef/premixed amino acids and lipids down the drain?

    Also, if it is a bad thing to do, how would you dispose of them properly?
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  3. njac

    njac Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    some people pour them down the drain, others throw them away. I don't know what's right, they're going to end up in the water no matter what. :(
  4. pharmacogenomic

    pharmacogenomic 2+ Year Member

    Nov 4, 2007
    There are trash containers in the IV room lined with red contaminated waste liners.

    The old/wasted IVs go there, along with anything used for chemo (not sharps).

    It then gets picked up by the provider for the hospital who disposes of all contaminated waste. Its incinerated according to my state laws for this type of waste - doesn't get put down a drain.
  5. Orthonut

    Orthonut Garryowen 5+ Year Member

    at the VTH we squirt it into kitty litter and then put it in the biohaz bags.
  6. humira49

    humira49 2+ Year Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    thats the "official" ASHP/APhA policy.

    good job!
  7. njac

    njac Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    that's what we do with wasted narcotcs - tablets/caps and liquids. I hate to think of the volumes of kitty litter we'd go through with all of the IV abx we waste...
  8. Maestrojo

    Maestrojo re-pre-Pharm..... 10+ Year Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Northern California
    hm, we have are really small version of one of those bins because ist for chemo only.

    i'll have to ask them about that.

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