b'Smart & Safe: Taking YourIf you have a chemotherapyBIOPLUS SPECIALTY PHARMACY PATIENT GUIDEBOOKMedication and DisposalLets protect you, others, and the environment 2gether with a safe biomedical waste disposal plan. Heres how.1.Before taking or handling your medication be sure to wash your hands with soap andwater.If your medications need to be prepared before administering, please prepare them on a clean area.Please be sure to wash your hands after administration of your medication to protect yourself and your caregivers. 2.Place all used needles, devices with needles, and spikes from the top of intravenoustubing, in your sharps container. (Your container should be leak-resistant, remain upright during use, and have a tight fitting, puncture-resistant lid.) 3.Place all other non-sharps waste (dressing changes, gauze, alcohol wipes, Band-Aids, etc.) into your regular garbage.4.For disposal of expired, damaged, or unusable medications, follow the most recent FDAGuidelines for appropriate medication disposal found at www.fda.gov: Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanyingpatient information tells you to. If no instructions are given, place the medication in the household trash, but first:Take them out of their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter.Put them in a sealable bag, empty can, or other container to prevent the medication from leaking or spilling out of a garbage bag.Take advantage of community drug take-back programs that allow the public to bring unused drugs to a central location for proper disposal. Call your city or county governments household trash and recycling service to see if a take-back program is available in your community.When in doubt about proper disposal,contact the pharmacy at the number on your prescription label.5.To dispose of your sharps container, you may:Take it to any state health department Take it to any fire station infusion bagContact your waste disposal company for guidelines Chemotherapy infusion bags should be placed in a zipper-type storage bag6.At the completion of your therapy, you can keep the remaining supplies or return them before going into the red biohazard bag to your home pharmacy. with all other infusion waste for pick up 7.Returned supplies will not be credited to by your home pharmacy.your account and cannot be reused due to the risk of disease transmission and/orcross-contamination. Rev. 1/2024Biomedical waste is not a recyclable item. Do not place in recycle bins!13'