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Dear Patient

Your medicine was compounded specifically for you in our pharmacy to fill the prescription written by your doctor. It was specially made to meet your individual needs. If you have not done so, please discuss this medicine with your doctor to ensure that you understand:

  • Why you have been prescribed a compounded medicine

  • How to properly take this medicine

  • The interactions, if any, that this medicine may have with any other medications you are taking

Compounding Information

Compounding is a long-standing pharmacy practice that allows doctors to treat their patients’ individual needs without being restricted only to off-the-shelf medicines or devices. This medicine was prepared in our compounding pharmacy to meet the specifications ordered by your doctor. Hazardous drugs must be disposed of properly. See below “Proper Handling and Disposal of Hazardous Drug Products/Containers” for more information on Hazardous drug use and disposal.

Medication Use and Storage

Medication should not be administered after the “beyond use date” listed on the label. We encourage you to inspect your compounded preparation immediately upon arrival. Injection solutions should be uniform in color and free of particles. Medication should be stored according to the temperature specified on the label.

For Any Concerns or Questions

Call your doctor if:

  • You experience any side effects

  • You are taking additional medicines that may interact with this compounded medicine

  • You have allergies or other medical conditions that should be noted

Call your pharmacists if:

  • Information on the label is not clear to you

  • You have any concerns regarding precaution ingredients or proper storage

Contact Information Our pharmacists will be happy to help with any additional question or concerns. Please call us at 720-389-7597 or Toll-free 877-374-0383

Proper Handling and Disposal of Hazardous Drug Products/Containers


Introduction

This monograph provides essential information for patients and caregivers on the proper handling and disposal of hazardous drugs (HDs). Hazardous drugs include those used for cancer therapy, some antiviral drugs, hormone agents, and others, which may pose a risk of exposure to patients and others if not handled and disposed of properly.

Understanding Hazardous Drugs

Hazardous drugs can be harmful if they come into contact with the skin, are inhaled, or are accidentally ingested. These drugs can be dangerous not only to the patient but also to caregivers, family members, and pets. Proper handling and disposal are crucial to minimize exposure risks.

Handling Hazardous Drugs

  1. Preparation: Always wash your hands before and after handling medication. Use gloves if recommended. Prepare the medication in a well-ventilated area, away from food preparation areas and personal items.

  2. Administration: If the drug is in pill form, do not crush, split, or chew unless instructed by your healthcare provider. For liquid forms, use measuring devices that come with the medication or those provided by a pharmacist.

  3. Storage: Store hazardous drugs away from children and pets, ideally in a locked cabinet. Ensure the drugs are in their original containers and the caps are tightly closed. Avoid storing in areas subject to extreme temperatures or moisture.

Disposal of Hazardous Drugs

  1. Do Not Flush: Never flush hazardous drugs down the toilet or sink unless specifically instructed by the medication guide or your healthcare provider.

  2. Use of Disposal Containers: Whenever possible, use FDA-approved drug take-back options, such as collection sites, mail-back programs, or DEA-authorized collectors. If these are not available, inquire about special disposal containers that may be provided by healthcare providers or pharmacies.

  3. Household Trash: If no take-back options are available, some drugs can be disposed of in household trash but require specific steps to reduce the risk of exposure or accidental ingestion by pets or children.

  4. Special Handling for Sharps: If your medication involves needles, syringes, or other sharp objects, use an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container. If unavailable, a heavy-duty plastic household container can be used as an alternative. Do not recycle these containers.

Local Laws and Regulations on Disposal of Hazardous Drugs

  1. It’s important to note that disposal regulations for hazardous drugs can vary by location. Many states, counties, and municipalities have specific guidelines and regulations governing the disposal of hazardous materials, including prescription medications. These regulations are in place to ensure the safety of the community and the protection of the environment.

  2. Before disposing of any hazardous drugs, check with your local waste management authorities or health department to understand the specific disposal regulations applicable in your area. They can provide up-to-date information on approved disposal methods, designated take-back programs, and disposal sites for hazardous waste. Compliance with local laws not only ensures your safety but also helps in the proper management of hazardous waste, preventing potential harm to others and the environment.

  3. By adhering to both the guidelines provided in this monograph and local regulations, you ensure the safest and most responsible handling and disposal of hazardous drugs. Always prioritize safety and environmental protection in the disposal process.

Additional Safety Tips

  • Always follow specific disposal instructions on the drug label or patient information leaflet that accompanies the medication.

  • Consult your pharmacist or healthcare provider if you have any questions about the best way to dispose of your medication.

  • Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, if possible, for safe disposal of unused medications.

 

VPI Compounding

7265 S Revere Pkwy, Ste. 902
Centennial, CO 80112-6787

Phone:

877.374.0383 (toll free)
720.389.7597 (phone)
720.476.4105 (fax)

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Closed weekends and all major holidays.
Onsite consults by appointment only

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