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Chemo Patients Pose Potential Public Health Risk
Date:9/19/2013

est passes out of the patient in urine, feces, vomit, or even sweat. The waste will still have enough dangerous drug to kill developing cells and/or cause mutations in vulnerable members of our population, especially fetuses and babies.

The WHO has done a great public service by stepping up and publicly declaring what many of us in the field have long known — this is a serious risk.

WHO core principles "require that everyone associated with financing and supporting health-care activities should provide for the costs of managing health-care waste. This is the duty of care. Manufactures also share a responsibility to take waste management into account in the development and sale of their products and services."

The WHO goes on to identify those who have a special responsibility to ensure safe collection, containment and disposal of these wastes, placing much of that responsibility with the chief pharmacist. "The chief pharmacist also has the special responsibility of ensuring that genotoxic products are used safely, and that genotoxic waste is managed safely," according to the WHO.

Jim Mullowney is the founder and CEO of Newport-based Pharma-Cycle Inc

Media Contact: Jim Mullowney, Pharma-Cycle, Inc., 617-755-0883, jmullowney@pharma-cycle.com

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