Pharmaceutical Waste

Sharps Medical Waste Services manages pharmaceutical waste disposal programs for healthcare facilities, retail pharmacies, clinical trials, and pharmaceutical wholesalers, among others. Sharps Compliance's cost-effective, all-inclusive collection and disposal programs for inventory pharmaceutical waste and ultimate-user medications include everything needed for compliant containment, packaging, and transport for treatment and disposal. Proof of destruction of all medications received at our DEA-registered treatment facility is available 24/7 via customers' SharpsTracer account. Contact us today at (800) 772-5657 for more information on pharmaceutical waste service options.

Solutions for Healthcare Professionals

TakeAway Medication Recovery - DEA Reverse Distribution for Registrants

Sharps Medical Waste Services provides DEA registrants with a simple and affordable reverse distribution solution for the disposal of unused or expired controlled substances. Our TakeAway Medication Recovery - DEA Reverse Distribution for Registrants mailback solution comes in three convenient sizes (1.25-gallon, 2.5-gallon, and 5-gallon containers), which are designed per DEA requirements for the collection, record-keeping, transportation, and destruction of Schedules II-V pharmaceuticals. Reverse distribution is only available for DEA registrants' inventory of medications and is not intended for ultimate-user medication, hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, or other biohazardous waste, including sharps or soft waste.

TakeAway Environmental Return

Since 2009, Sharp Compliance has collected and treated over 4.6 million pounds of unused medications, helping to prevent pharmaceutical waste from entering the environment and our water supply. Sharps Compliance's TakeAway Environmental Return Systems are specially designed for the collection, transportation, and destruction of non-controlled, non-hazardous medications from clinical samples to many over-the-counter medications. Each system includes instructions for proper packaging and prepaid postage with a self-addressed label affixed to the shipping box to ensure an easy return.

Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

RCRA tightly regulates the identification, determination, storage, transportation, and treatment of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. Businesses are required to have a comprehensive program for the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals. Noncompliance with hazardous waste pharmaceutical regulations can result in fines of up to $37,500 per day, per incident (ASHP, 2012). Let Sharps Compliance's hazardous waste experts assist in helping your business with the waste determination process and develop a compliant solution for your RCRA waste from containment to final treatment.

Solutions for Ultimate-User Medication Disposal

TakeAway Medication Recovery Systems

The TakeAway Medication Recovery Systems are designed to meet the DEA’s rules for controlled substance disposal by ultimate users. Our envelopes can be sold directly to consumers in retail pharmacies or provided to consumers by a variety of entities, from substance abuse coalitions to long-term care providers. Envelopes are designed for use by ultimate users for the disposal of both controlled and non-controlled medication waste right from the privacy of their own home. All systems are pre-addressed and affixed with prepaid postage. See our online store or contact Sharps Medical Waste Services at (800) 772-5657 to purchase.


MedSafe is a DEA-compliant collection receptacle program for the disposal of ultimate-user medications in a variety of locations. They are defined by the DEA and include retail pharmacies, hospitals/clinics with on-site pharmacies, long-term care facilities, law enforcement departments, and narcotic treatment programs. MedSafe provides people with a convenient and safe place to dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications, including controlled substances (Schedules II-V). Under the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act, these DEA-approved registered collectors can legally manage the disposal of ultimate-user, patient-dispensed controlled substances (Schedules II-V) and non-controlled medications with a single solution.

By helping remove unused medications from homes, your organization can prevent pharmaceuticals from circulating into the community water supply or worse, being diverted for unintended use by others. Visit the MedSafe product page for more information to learn how your business can become a pillar of your community with MedSafe.

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