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    How do your practices handle drug disposal of Oral Oncolytics?  I practice in New York state and we don’t have the ability to reuse or recycle medications.   What do you recommend to patients as these can be considered hazardous waste?


    We offer medication disposal for our patients at not charge and put them in our biohazard containers for incineration through Stericycle.  We encourage them to bring in any expired or unused medications.


    This is currently a “hot topic” being discussed within the NCODA nursing committee.  My facility is an outpatient non-hospital based,  multi site ambulatory Oncology and Infusion Therapy Center that does not have an MDI, We have stopped providing drug disposal of oral oncolytics.  I am struggling with finding resources for patients to properly dispose of oral oncolytic medication. I am eager to learn what other facilities are doing.


    Hey there!

    For our clinic, we are partnered with the SAFENET RX Program for the state of Iowa for any unused medication (that is sealed/unopened/blister packed) and we have had a huge turn out this last year.

    Any medications that have the seal opened, we do destroy them in Hazardous Drug bins which are locked and replaced everyday.

    You can visit for more information. I hope this helps!

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