Sepsis: Major Killer Unknown To Many

By P.J. Heller It can start as a simple infection. It can end in death.  What triggers such a life-threatening condition is sepsis, the body’s extreme reaction to an infection. Without quick intervention, sepsis/septic shock can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death.  “Sepsis is a medical emergency,” notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Time matters.” …

Is the U.S. Ready for the Next Outbreak of Ebola?

By Kathleen Marquardt Some say those in charge of our medical emergency systems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), were not prepared for the Ebola outbreak in 2014, (and still aren’t). Others disagree, saying that, of course, not everything went smoothly but could we really expect even near …

EPA Finalizes Rule Addressing Management of Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals – But is it Helpful?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) recently finalized a long-awaited rule specifically addressing the management and disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals by “healthcare facilities” and “pharmaceutical reverse distributors.” The rule, “Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals and Amendment to the P075 Listing for Nicotine,” which EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed on December 11, 2018 (the “Final Rule”), aims to …

EU Data on Antimicrobial Resistance Heightens Global Concerns

Parma, Italy – Data released in late February by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reveal that antimicrobials used to treat diseases transmitted between animals and humans are becoming less effective, according to a statement released by the EFSA. The data was submitted by 28 EU Member States (MSs) and jointly …

New EPA Pharmaceutical Waste Rule Impacts Healthcare Providers

By Sandy Woodthorpe Signed by the EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler on December 11, 2018, the EPA’s final rule addresses and clarifies compliance with the agency’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations for certain pharmaceuticals generated at healthcare facilities and managed at reverse distributors. According to EPA, this final rule establishes cost-saving, streamlined standards for handling hazardous …

Baltimore Oversteps Authority to Regulate Incinerators out of Business, Suit Says

By Ken McEntee In early April, Maryland’s General Assembly passed the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which mandates that half of the state’s power come from renewable sources by 2030. Over the objections of some environmental activists and others, the act, which became law without the governor’s signature in May, retained trash incineration as an eligible “Tier 1” source of renewable …