Life Sciences – Environmental

The implications of pharmaceutical waste management within the life sciences industry are far-ranging, and changes in the requirements can have a substantial impact on supply-chain logistics. With an increased focus on potential environmental impacts of pharmaceutical waste disposal, federal and state officials have become increasingly aggressive in inspecting businesses that dispense pharmaceuticals and taking enforcement action for alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations.

Troutman Sanders has a dedicated team of attorneys who have been on the cutting edge of pharmaceutical waste and consumer product regulation issues since 2009. Drawing on our broad experience across the United States and several Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regions, we provide an integrated approach to advising manufacturers, distributors and retailers of consumer products. We have helped build retail and pharmaceutical waste programs from the ground up and have incorporated elements of these programs into consent judgments in a number of states.

  • Represented a Fortune 20 retail pharmacy as national environmental counsel in connection with significant enforcement actions in California and Connecticut that related to alleged noncompliance with hazardous waste management and wastewater discharge requirements.
  • Collaborated with local environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs), the EPA and other federal and state agencies on pharmaceutical waste reform.
  • Represented a national grocery chain as environmental counsel in connection with inspections and enforcement in California; advised a grocer on matters related to compliance with hazardous waste management standards and associated training requirements.
  • Advised a national consumer product retailer on the applicability of Department of Transportation (DOT) hazardous materials regulations to transport of samples of hand sanitizer containing ethyl alcohol.
  • Assisted a consumer products retailer with development and implementation of a nationwide waste management program to comply with Research Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste requirements.