HOUSTON, Jan. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sharps Compliance Corp. (Nasdaq:SMED) ("Sharps" or the "Company"), a leading full-service provider of solutions for the cost-effective management of medical waste, used healthcare materials and unused dispensed medications, announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase program effective January 3, 2013, authorizing the Company to repurchase in the aggregate up to $3 million of its outstanding common stock over a two-year period. David P. Tusa, President and CEO of Sharps Compliance commented, "The Board's decision for a stock repurchase program affirms the confidence we have in the Company's strategic direction and market opportunities. With our solid balance sheet, this repurchase authorization offers an opportunity to return value to shareholders while retaining the flexibility to fund our growth." The shares would be purchased from time to time on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions, at the Company's discretion, in each case, in compliance with Rule 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, subject to market and business conditions, applicable legal requirements, explicit black-out dates and other factors. The purchases will be funded using the Company's available cash balances and cash generated from operations. The program does not obligate the Company to acquire any particular amount of common stock and may be modified, suspended or terminated at any time at the Company's discretion in accordance with Rule 10b-18. About Sharps Compliance Corp. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Sharps Compliance is a leading full-service provider of solutions for the cost-effective management of medical waste, used healthcare materials and unused dispensed medications. Its strategy is to capture a large part of the estimated $3.8 billion untapped market for its solutions by targeting the major agencies that are interrelated with this medical waste stream, including pharmaceutical manufacturers, home healthcare providers, retail pharmacies and clinics, the U.S. government and the professional market which is comprised of physicians, dentists and veterinary practices. As a fully integrated medical waste management company providing customer solutions and services, the Company's solid business model, which provides strong margins and significant operating leverage, combined with its early penetration into emerging markets, uniquely positions it for strong future growth. The Company's flagship product, the Sharps® Recovery System™ is a comprehensive solution for the containment, transportation, treatment and tracking of medical waste and used healthcare materials. The Company's TakeAway Environmental Return System™ is designed for individual consumers, retail or mail-order pharmacies, communities and facilities including assisted living, long-term care and correction operations to facilitate the proper disposal of unused dispensed medications. The Complete Needle Collection & Disposal System™ is a safe, easy-to-use and cost-effective solution designed for self-injecting consumers and includes the Company's containment, packaging, return shipping via the U.S. Postal Service, tracking and treatment.