A video from the AVMA walks veterinarians through steps they should take to safely dispose of unused pharmaceuticals.
The 4 1/2-minute presentation is the latest in a series of resources created to minimize the risk of water contamination through drug waste. The AVMA previously created the policy "Best Management Practices for Pharmaceutical Disposal" and distributed a related poster online and in the April 1, 2010, issue of JAVMA.
The AVMA created the policy in response to Environmental Protection Agency concerns that health care industries could be responsible for pharmaceutical contamination in water. The AVMA asserts that veterinarians are minimal contributors to drug waste in water.
The video is available with the policy and a digital copy of the poster at www.avma.org. Under the Reference bar, click on "Policy" and then on "Pharmaceutical Disposal, Best Management Practices for." The video is also available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKp3phEtS2M.