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Pharmaceutical waste management is one of the most complex sustainability issues. People and ecosystems are increasingly subjected to medication exposure through the manufacture and disposal of medication. The emergence of drug-resistant “superbugs” in patients and the impact of endocrine disruptors on humans and wildlife are issues of deep concern.
What do regulations say, and how can healthcare sustainability leaders prevent waste from being generated while improving environmental impact through new practices, staff education and the pursuit of more healthful options?