Resources for Cytotoxins in the Environment
University of Minnesota
Medications in Your Septic System
Reports of “Cancer Fish” Lead to a Disturbing Discovery on Cape Cod
Barnstable County Department of Health, Massachusetts
Silver Spring Institute
Contaminants Pervasive in Cape Cod's Drinking Water Supply
Bureau of Environmental Health
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry / Vol. 28, No. 12
Environmental Footprint of Pharmeceuticals: The Significance of Factors Beyond Direct Excretion to Sewers
We’re here to help medical facilities reduce the risk of cytotoxic contamination.
Our goals include helping hospitals, home health care workers, scientists, medical waste management and others in the drug and medical fields understand the threat posed by cytotoxic chemo drugs excreted from chemotherapy patients during the 48 hours following each treatment.
Cytotoxic Chemicals in Chemo Drugs Are Dangerous to Families, Caregivers, and the Environment
World Health Organization
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
RI Department of Environmental Management (DEM)
We are available for consultation to help medical facilities that offer chemotherapy treatment.
Our team of experts has more than 80 years of combined experience creating safe and effective drugs as well as processes and procedures for the safe disposal of medical waste.
All 27 of these cytotoxic chemo drugs are on OSHA's hazardous drugs list because they are proven to be:
Genotoxic - damages DNA, resulting in cell death or mutations
Cytotoxic - kills or damages cells, particularly rapidly dividing cells
Teratogenic - damages the growth and development of an embryo or fetus, resulting in fetus death or birth defects
Mutagenic - causes direct or indirect damage to DNA, resulting in mutations
All have high excretion rates - large quantities of the drugs are excreted in the patient's urine, feces, vomit, sweat, and saliva for approximately 48 hours after EACH treatment.