Improper disposal of drug samples is an environmental concern—and a potential liability issue if the medicines are taken by others and then cause harm.
Federal disposal guidelines, issued by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) in February 2007 and updated in October 2009, are summarized here:
Inhalers are considered environmental waste in some areas. Read the label for disposal instructions and/or contact your local recycling facility for disposal information.
The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider in light of all circumstances prevailing in the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.