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According to DC Pharmacy Law, a health care facility may dispose of any pharmaceutical product, used or unused, by flushing the product down a drain.

True or False


According to DC Pharmacy Law, a health care facility may dispose of any pharmaceutical product, used or unused, by flushing the product down a drain.

Answer: False, [DC Official Code Title 22B Chapter 5 Section 500.1 and 500.2 ].

Effective July 1, 2013, unless authorized by this chapter, a health care facility that is determined to have disposed of a pharmaceutical product by flushing the product down a drain or by any other method that utilizes the public sewer system, shall be:  

(a). Subject to a civil fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) per occurrence; and  

(b). Required to submit to the Board of Pharmacy, or its designee, a mitigation plan designed to prevent further such occurrences within thirty (30) days of receipt of a request for the mitigation plan.