Pharmaceutical waste

Pharmaceutical waste in healthcare

HES resources

Evidence suggests that pharmaceutical waste is incorrectly disposed in clinical sharps bins, general waste or down the sink. These methods do not comply with drug legislation or EPA regulations, are potentially harmful to the environment, and increase the risk of diversion1.

ANMF (Vic Branch) participated in a Victorian Therapeutics Advisory Group (VicTAG) working group to develop a set of tools designed to support appropriate pharmaceutical disposal. These were released In December 2020.

Pharmaceutical Waste Management Tools - VicTAG

  • Victorian Framework for Handling and Disposal of Pharmaceutical Waste
  • Disposing of Medicine Waste Table
  • Disposing of Medicine Waste Poster
  • Pharmaceutical Waste Training presentation. (power point)

These tools are available to VicTAG member hospitals through your pharmacy, or by contacting VicTAG directly.

Pharmaceutical Waste Management Tools: DHHS






1: Victorian Therapeutics Advisory Group Victorian Framework for handling and disposal of pharmaceutical Waste, October 2020, p.6