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Pharmaceutical Waste

ANA Position Statement
Approved:
December 9, 2010

Purpose
This position statement articulates the American Nurses Association’s position on the role of the registered nurse with regard to pharmaceutical waste generation and disposal, and how to decrease this waste stream and its effects on public and environmental health.

Statement of ANA Position
The American Nurses Association (ANA) supports disposal of pharmaceutical waste in a manner that will minimize and ultimately stop the diversion and misuse of pharmaceuticals that are expired, unused or no longer needed; and the direct or incidental release of pharmaceuticals into the environment.

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