California Code, Health and Safety Code - HSC § 117747

(a) “Pharmaceutical” means a prescription or over-the-counter human or veterinary drug, including, but not limited to, a drug as defined in Section 109925 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended, ( 21 U.S.C.A. Sec. 321(g)(1) ).

(b) For purposes of this part, “pharmaceutical” does not include any pharmaceutical that is regulated pursuant to either of the following:

(1) The federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, as amended ( 42 U.S.C.A. Sec. 6901 et seq. ).  This waste stream shall be handled as a hazardous waste under the authority of Chapter 6.5 (commencing with Section 25100 ) of Division 20.

(2) The Radiation Control Law (Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 114960 ) of Part 9).


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