Waste Management

 Pharmaceuticals

Last Updated: March 11, 2022

​Pharmaceutical Waste Management Training

This live virtual training course provides an overview of the requirements to manage pharmaceutical wastes in a pharmacy, medical treatment facility, or veterinary clinic setting.  Topics include identification of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, categories of hazardous drugs requiring special handling, and controlled substances. The course will cover the proper storage, labelling, transport, and disposal options for different types of waste pharmaceuticals, including waste containers and loose pills.  For more information and to enroll go here: https://phc.amedd.army.mil/Pages/CourseDetails.aspx?CourseID=157


​Pharmaceutical Formulary Review

Pharmaceutical disposal can be more than a bit confusing due to the different Federal and state laws.  Utilizing a reverse distributor handles most pharmaceuticals.  However, this process is not a one size fits all solution.  The Military Item Disposal Instruction (MIDI) Team can help by:

  • An in depth review of all of the items in your formulary to determine disposal method.
  • You will receive an easy to use spread sheet with disposal information.
  • Onsite visit if necessary, to inventory all drugs in the formulary.

Free of charge for all DOD units. 

Fact Sheets and Technical Information Papers

Waste Management Branch specialists prepare Fact Sheets and Inform​ation Papers based on customer requests and assistance visit trends analysis. 

For Consumers​​


For Retail Facilities​

  • CONUS Management of Pharmaceutical Wastage ContainersProvides healthcare facilities with information on commercially available container systems for collecting their pharmaceutical wastage – partial amounts of controlled substances remaining after having been dispensed to a patient.


For Healthcare and Research Facilities


Additional Resources

​Consumer Information


DOD Resource


Federal Regulatory Resources​