Long-Term Care

Since 2010, Biologic has been the preferred Medical Waste Management Company for Long Term Care Portfolios, including assisted living centers, skilled nursing homes and long term acute care facilities throughout the state of California. Biologic has provided a seamless transition for these facilities while reducing their cost on average of 30% due to operational efficiency and waste minimization programs.

need imageThe U.S. Health Care System loses billions of dollars annually manufacturing, distributing, and disposing of unused medications in Long Term Care (LTC) facilities. This level of waste in LTC residents continues to rise yearly.

BESWS simplifies this process for the customer by shortening turn-around time for medication usage, and minimizes LTC waste so that patients can be better served without the excessive financial burden, and the unused and wasted medications in LTC facilities will be greatly reduced.

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) estimates 17% of medications are unused, and the average cost of medication waste per resident is over $500 per year. Reducing medication waste for the 2.5 million residents in LTC would result in approximately $1.25 billion in savings annually.

Millions of tons of pharmaceutical waste are being dumped down the drain, polluting our nation’s water supply and creating some very serious environmental hazards. The Associated Press (AP) recently released a study concluding that over 250 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste is generated annually by U.S. hospitals and LTC facilities. As a result of the massive amounts of pharmaceuticals being flushed by the health services industry in the nation's drinking water supplies at least 46 million Americans are affected annually.

• A recent study shows that 80 percent of US streams contain small
  amounts of human medicines.
• Sewage systems cannot remove these medicines from water that is
  released into lakes, rivers or oceans.
• Fish and other aquatic animals have shown adverse effects from
  medicines in the water.
• Even very small amounts of medicine have been found in drinking water.

Please contact one of our Consultants to discuss options and help your organization manage its long-term care facility waste. To obtain more hands-on assistance, please contact our office at Tel: (510) 265-1900.

Source: Talyst, Inc. – LTC White Paper (2009) http://www.talyst.com/ltc1/pdf/MedWaste_LTC.pdf