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Back to basics… what is HIPAA?

What is HIPAA? HIPAA is an acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Among other measures, the Act led to the establishment of federal standards for safeguarding patientsΒ΄ β€œProtected Health Information” (PHI) and ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of PHI created, maintained, processed, transmitted, or received electronically (ePHI). When the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was passed by Congress in 1996, the establishment of federal standards for safeguarding PHI was not […]

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Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule

EPA FAQ: When will this rulemaking go into effect?

This content, Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule, first appeared on www.epa.gov. Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule Question: When will this rulemaking go into effect? Answer: As required by the Administrative Procedure Act, this rulemaking must undergo the notice and comment process. Once public comments are received, comments will be reviewed and the proposed rulemaking will be re-evaluated to determine if changes […]

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Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule

EPA FAQ: How do these proposed regulations differ from the current hazardous waste generator regulations?

This content, Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule, first appeared on www.epa.gov. Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule Question: How do these proposed regulations differ from the current hazardous waste generator regulations? Answer: Under current requirements any facility that generates hazardous pharmaceutical waste is subject to the RCRA hazardous waste generator regulations. These regulations vary depending on the total amount and type of […]

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Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule

EPA FAQ: Why do hazardous waste pharmaceuticals need new management standards?

This content, Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule, first appeared on www.epa.gov. Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule Question: Why do hazardous waste pharmaceuticals need new management standards? Answer: Healthcare workers and retail pharmacy employees are often unfamiliar with or confused by RCRA hazardous waste management requirements, prompting them to dispose of hazardous pharmaceuticals as municipal waste or medical waste. This proposed rule […]

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Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule

EPA FAQ: Why is management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals difficult under the RCRA subtitle C hazardous waste generator regulations?

This content, Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule, first appeared on www.epa.gov. Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule Question: Why is management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals difficult under the RCRA subtitle C hazardous waste generator regulations? Answer: Hazardous waste generation and management practices at healthcare facilities differ from practices of industrial hazardous waste generators in several ways that make the application of RCRA […]

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Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule

EPA FAQ: Which pharmaceuticals are considered hazardous waste?

This content, Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule, first appeared on www.epa.gov. Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule Question: Which pharmaceuticals are considered hazardous waste? Answer: As thousands of over-the-counter and prescription drugs are currently approved for sale in the United States, it is difficult to provide a precise number of pharmaceuticals that are considered hazardous waste. However, as with any other waste, […]

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Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule

EPA FAQ: What is the definition of pharmaceutical under the proposed rule?

This content, Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule, first appeared on www.epa.gov. Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule Question: What is the definition of pharmaceutical under the proposed rule? Answer: The proposed definition of pharmaceutical is β€œany chemical or biological product that is intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, care, treatment, or prevention of disease or injury of a human or […]

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Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule

EPA FAQ: What is the definition of healthcare facility under the proposed rule and what is a pharmaceutical reverse distributor?

This content, Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule, first appeared on www.epa.gov. Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule Question: What is the definition of healthcare facility under the proposed rule and what is a pharmaceutical reverse distributor? Answer: EPA is proposing healthcare facility to mean any person that: provides preventative, diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative, maintenance or palliative care, and counseling, service, assessment or procedure […]

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Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule

EPA FAQ: Who is affected by this rulemaking?

This content, Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule, first appeared on www.epa.gov. Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule Question: Who is affected by this rulemaking? Answer: Healthcare facilities and pharmaceutical reverse distributors that generate and manage hazardous waste pharmaceuticals will follow these new, tailored standards for managing their hazardous waste pharmaceuticals instead of the industry-oriented hazardous waste generator regulations. This rule does not […]

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Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule

EPA FAQ: What environmental benefits does EPA expect from new management standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals?

This content, Frequent Questions about the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Proposed Rule, first appeared on www.epa.gov. Question: What environmental benefits does EPA expect from new management standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals? Answer: EPA is proposing to reduce the risk caused by hazardous waste pharmaceuticals that enter the environment through flushing down the sink or toilet. Specifically, this proposal is projected to prevent the flushing of over 6,400 tons of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals annually […]

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