Cytotoxic and Cytostatic Drug Waste

Cytotoxic medicines are any drug that has a toxic effect on cells.  Such as chemotherapy treatments for cancer which kill off the cancer cells.

Cytostatic drugs suppress cell growth, such as some cancer hormone therapies, which inhibit the multiplication of cancerous cells, so they stop the cancer growing. 

Other types cytostatic medicines can include:

  • Most hormonal preparations
  • Some anti-viral drugs
  • Many antineoplastic agents
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Some antibiotics 

These types of treatment are vital to patients but extreme care needs to be taken with the handling and management of any waste drugs.  Cytotoxic and Cytostatic waste can be produced in tablet, liquid, cream or aerosol form. 

Hormone and cancer treatment medicinal waste must be separated from other medicinal waste as they are classed as hazardous.  Failure to segregate from non-hazardous medicines will mean that the entire volume of waste must be treated as hazardous and incur associated hazardous waste charges.

A waste producer has a legal responsibility to demonstrate that waste drugs have been dealt with appropriately and that you have fulfilled your 'Duty of Care' under the Environmental  Protection Act 1990.

Ensuring the correct segregation and storage of waste drugs before destruction is vitally important.

Our waste services are specially designed to help your staff identify and segregate cytotoxic and cytostatic waste effectively.

With special colour coded contaniers, that are in line with Department of Health Guidance (HTM 07-01), these bins are a highly visible and recognisable allowing for effective segregation at source.

To discuss how we can help you go above and beyond your Duty of Care requirements please use the contact form on this page/

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