Health Care Meets the Environment: A Symposium on Pharmaceutical Waste Management

health care, environment symposium

Rescheduled: Friday, Sept. 19

Population growth including an aging population, preventative medicine, and improved treatment options have all contributed to an increase in the use of prescription and over-the-counter medication. While the benefits of these drugs cannot be overstated, their use does have environmental consequences. In anticipation of the December 2014 release of EPA’s proposed health care facility-specific pharmaceutical waste management standards, this one day symposium will explore:

  • The prevalence of drugs in the environment including modes of entry, a comparison of Georgia’s water quality to other major cities in the U.S., and the effects on human and aquatic life
  • Regulatory trends including increased on-site inspections, notices of violation and enforcement actions
  • New healthcare facility-specific regulations proposed by the EPA addressing the management and disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals generated by healthcare facilities and the impact on industry
  • Industry efforts including reverse distribution initiatives and hazardous waste management program implementation

This sold-out program was postponed because of snow. Contact Karen Johnston (J.D. ’08) at kjohnston3@gsu.edu if you are interested in attending, but did not register for the original event.

The Metro Growth Center thanks Troutman Sanders LLP and CVS Caremark (the platinum sponsor) for their financial support of this program.

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