Pharmaceutical Incinerators

Pharmaceuticals are now shown to be found in surface, ground, and drinking waters around the world. This could create some potentially damaging environmental effects. Minuscule concentrations of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors, often found in pharmaceuticals, are having detrimental effects on aquatic animals and possibly on human health and development.

Sources of Pharmaceutical Waste

  • pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • laboratories and research centres
  • chemists and dispensaries
  • nursing homes for the elderly
  • humanitarian organisations

Why Incinerate Medicines?

Incineration in specialised medical incinerators is the recommended process suggested by most health and monitoring organisations (e.g. WHO, DEA, UN). It is seen as the best way to destroy intravenous (IV) preparations, partially used vials, syringes, and IVs, discontinued, unused preparations, unused unit dose repacks, patients’ personal medications and outdated pharmaceuticals All waste should be segregated appropriately BEFORE it is incinerated to ensure you comply to local guidelines.

What is considered hazardous waste?

Frequently used pharmaceuticals, such as physostigmine, warfarin, and nine chemotherapeutic agents (see below), are regulated as hazardous waste in most countries and bottom ash should be disposed into a recognised hazardous waste facility.

Trace Chemotherapy Agents

  • Trisenox
  • Leukeran
  • Cytoxan, Neosar
  • Daunorubicin, Cerubidin, DaunoXome, Rubidomycin
  • DES, Stilphostrol
  • Alkeran, L-PAM
  • Mitomycin, Mutamycin
  • Streptozocin, Zanosar
  • Uracil Mustard

Incineration is still seen as the preferred process for the safe destruction of these materials. See our page on hazardous waste for more information.

See also:

View our medical incinerators for coronavirus (COVID-19) hazardous waste
View our medical waste incinerators for hospitals
View our cytotoxic waste incinerators for laboratories
View our medical waste incinerators for laboratories
View our hazardous waste incinerators for medical sector
View our mobile medical incinerators for multi-site operation

For more information on how our Incinerators can help your hospital with its medical waste streams

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