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Pharmaceutical Waste Reduction Strategies

Relabel for home use

Medications are either prelabeled or relabeled for a patient to take home and use after being discharged from the facility. This strategy could apply to any prescription medication, but particularly to inhalers, creams, ointments, ear drops, antibiotics and sometimes insulin.

Reduces Amount: Yes
Reduces Toxicity: No

Examples of Applying this Strategy
Generic Drug: Insulin

Insulin pens and cartridges can be relabeled and sent home with discharged patients for future use, eliminating the need to dispose of the partially used drug. See page 52

Proprietary Drug(s): Humulin
Delivery Method(s): Injectable

For more information:

Smith, Charlotte, Pines, Eydie et al. "Managing Pharmaceutical Waste: A 10-Step Blueprint for Healthcare Facilities In the United States." Practice Greenhealth, 2008.

Healthcare Environmental Resource Center

Phone: (734) 995-7989


Generic Drug: Albuterol

Inhalers were sent home with patients instead of disposing them at discharge. This decreased the amount of waste the hospital disposes, increased patient satisfaction, increased patient adherence to medication regimen and reduced readmissions to the hospital.

Proprietary Drug(s): Ventolin, Proventil, AccuNeb, Vospire, ProAir
Delivery Method(s): Inhalation

For more information:

Stouffer, Randi. "Inhaler Study Completed at St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI." April 2013.

Randi Stouffer
700 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715

Phone: (608) 251-6100
Email: Randi_stouffer@ssmhc.com


Generic Drug: Budesonide/Formoterol

Inhalers were sent home with patients instead of disposing them at discharge. This decreased the amount of waste the hospital disposes, increased patient satisfaction, increased patient adherence to medication regimen and reduced readmissions to the hospital.

Proprietary Drug(s): Symbicort
Delivery Method(s): Inhalation

For more information:

Stouffer, Randi. "Inhaler Study Completed at St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI." April 2013.

Randi Stouffer
700 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715

Phone: (608) 251-6100
Email: Randi_stouffer@ssmhc.com


Generic Drug: Tiotropium

Inhalers were sent home with patients instead of disposing them at discharge. This decreased the amount of waste the hospital disposes, increased patient satisfaction, increased patient adherence to medication regimen and reduced readmissions to the hospital.

Proprietary Drug(s): Spiriva
Delivery Method(s): Inhalation

For more information:

Stouffer, Randi. "Inhaler Study Completed at St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI." April 2013.

Randi Stouffer
700 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715

Phone: (608) 251-6100
Email: Randi_stouffer@ssmhc.com


Generic Drug: Albuterol/Ipratropium

Inhalers were sent home with patients instead of disposing them at discharge. This decreased the amount of waste the hospital disposes, increased patient satisfaction, increased patient adherence to medication regimen and reduced readmissions to the hospital.

Proprietary Drug(s): Combivent
Delivery Method(s): Inhalation

For more information:

Stouffer, Randi. "Inhaler Study Completed at St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI." April 2013.

Randi Stouffer
700 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715

Phone: (608) 251-6100
Email: Randi_stouffer@ssmhc.com


Generic Drug: Beclomethasone

Inhalers were sent home with patients instead of disposing them at discharge. This decreased the amount of waste the hospital disposes, increased patient satisfaction, increased patient adherence to medication regimen and reduced readmissions to the hospital.

Proprietary Drug(s): Qvar
Delivery Method(s): Inhalation

For more information:

Stouffer, Randi. "Inhaler Study Completed at St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI." April 2013.

Randi Stouffer
700 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715

Phone: (608) 251-6100
Email: Randi_stouffer@ssmhc.com


Generic Drug: Flucticasone/Salmeterol

Inhalers were sent home with patients instead of disposing them at discharge. This decreased the amount of waste the hospital disposes, increased patient satisfaction, increased patient adherence to medication regimen and reduced readmissions to the hospital.

Proprietary Drug(s): Advair
Delivery Method(s): Inhalation

For more information:

Stouffer, Randi. "Inhaler Study Completed at St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI." April 2013.

Randi Stouffer
700 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715

Phone: (608) 251-6100
Email: Randi_stouffer@ssmhc.com

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