01 How it Works
Q: How does Rx Destroyer™ pharmaceutical disposal system work?
Rx Destroyer patented* formula begins dissolving medications on contact. As medications are dispersed in the activated carbon slurry, diversion is discouraged, and potential environmental harm is reduced. Product is “ready-to-use”, no adding water needed. Simply add medications and when container is full discard into common trash. With regard to pharmaceutical waste disposal, and other regulated activities associated with pharmaceuticals, always follow applicable federal, state, local, and tribal laws and regulations.
Q: I see capsules floating in Rx Destroyer™. Have these medications been neutralized?
Capsule shells may be less dense than the Rx Destroyer formula. Therefore, you may see some capsules floating in your container. Capsules are manufactured in a variety of materials such as protein-based gelatin and other bio-safe polymers. These components make the shells hard or soft. During the adsorption/destruction/neutralization process some may appear in the original form while others present as dissolved or collapsed. These shell conditions are considered normal and expected and does not indicate that the medication has not be neutralized.
Example: OROS (Osmotic Release Oral System) is an advanced controlled release oral drug delivery system in the form of a rigid tablet with a semi-permeable outer membrane and one or more small laser drilled holes in it. As the tablet passes through the body, water is absorbed through the semipermeable membrane via osmosis, and the resulting osmotic pressure is used to push the active drug through the opening in the tablet. OROS is a trademarked name owned by ALZA Corporation, which pioneered the use of osmotic pumps for oral drug delivery.
Like the human stomach, Rx Destroyer’s formulation will penetrate the capsule and neutralization will begin. Many variables determine if the capsule shell completely dissolves or remains intact. Like floating capsule shells in Rx Destroyer, it’s common for end-users to find capsule shells in stool.
Q: How long does it take to adsorb or deem drugs irretrievable?
Adsorption or irretrievability time varies depending on many factors including environment, drug type, quantity,and cocktail combinations. For this reason, we recommend keeping Rx Destroyer containers that are in use kept in a controlled and secure location.
Q: Does activated carbon render substances non-retrievable?
Activated carbon is a form of chemical digestion. Chemical digestion is recognized as an example of current technology that may be utilized to achieve the non-retrievability standard set by the DEA. Rx Destroyer uses activated carbon.
Q: What U.S. Patents* apply to Rx Destroyer.
US Patent #9,403,197 Issued August 2nd, 2016 applies to Rx Destroyer used with the hardener pouches.
Q: Can I use Rx Destroyer™ pharmaceutical disposal system more than once?
Rx Destroyer pharmaceutical disposal system is a multiple use system. Continue to add medications until contents reach 2” from the top. When not in use, always store in a controlled, safe, and secure location.
Q: Is there an easier method to mass load medications into the Rx Destroyer
Rx Destroyer accessories includes our standard funnel RXFUN and RXFUN32 deluxe model which physically attach to containers. Both allow for easy and convenient dispensing of mass quantities.
Q: Why and when are the Rx Destroyer™ Hardener Pouch(s) added to the Liquids bottle?
Rx Destroyer Hardener helps prevent potential messy liquid spills in the waste stream. The dust free formulation converts Rx Destroyer contents to solid gel thereby meeting the SW-846 paint filter standards which are mandatory for liquid waste to be accepted by landfills. Once your Rx Destroyer bottle is full, simply add the sealed hardener pouch(es). The pouch wrapper is designed to begin dissolving on contact. Some medications, drugs or combinations may not be compatible with Rx Destroyer Hardener Packets due to their chemical composition.
▶ Prior to discarding, secure the cap and gently shake bottle until the fluid becomes a non-movable solid gel (Converts to gel normally within 5 minutes).
Q: Can Hardener Pouches Be Used with All-Purpose Formulations?
Yes. However, the hardener is optional and packets are sold separately.
Rx Destroyer Liquid line of products includes enough hardener packets for each bottle in the case.
When using hardener packets with All-Purpose formula, ensure that bottle contains at least 10% liquid. This allows hardener packets to fully dissolve, allowing disposed medication contents to achieve optimal hardened state.
Q: What items may NOT be put in the Rx Destroyer™ pharmaceutical disposal system?
▶ DO NOT add effervescent or antacid or gassing medications.
▶ DO NOT add hardware such as syringes, glass or bottles. Dispose of physical vials and syringes into red sharps containers.
▶ DO NOT place Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) or any hazardous pharmaceuticals in container unless user has determined they can safely incinerate or dispose according to rules & laws under which they are governed.
▶ DO NOT add medications insoluble in H2O or oil based medications
▶ Purdue Pharma’s version of Oxycontin is “non-divertible”, unique gel formulation may not dissolve timely in Rx Destroyer. Oxycontin or variations made by Purdue may be candidate for RCRA waste – consult your internal Pharmacist.
Q: Can Rx Destroyer™ pharmaceutical disposal system accommodate transdermal patches?
Yes. For disposal, simply remove the packaging and seal to expose medicated surface and drop into your Rx Destroyer All-Purpose formula container. If patch is large, Rx Destroyer suggests folding the patch with its skin surface facing outward. With regard to pharmaceutical waste disposal, and other regulated activities associated with pharmaceuticals, always follow applicable federal, state, local, and tribal laws and regulations.
Q: What is the process if hazardous medications are inadvertently loaded into Rx Destroyer?
Generators are ultimately responsible for product contents. If hazardous medications are loaded into the Rx Destroyer, then the bottle must be disposed as RCRA hazardous waste. Consult supervisor for facilities, local, state, or federal rules/guidelines with regard to pharmaceutical waste disposal, and other regulated activities associated with.
Q: How can our facility determine which medications are considered hazardous?
Due to the shear number of medication variations including new product introductions, there is no single source answer. In fact, the federal government has not updated the U-List and P-List since 1975. To make matters more challenging, each facility is responsible for identifying hazardous waste.
Under RCRA, a solid waste is considered hazardous waste if it exhibits one of four characteristics—ignitability, corrosivity, toxicity, or reactivity, or if it is specifically named on one of the four EPA lists of hazardous waste, P, U, F, and K, in 40 CFR §261.2(d). Drugs listed under P and U include specific unused chemicals; drugs under U are toxic, while those under P are considered acutely toxic.
Rx Destroyer recommends a combination of efforts including staff and consulting pharmacist review site formulary. If additional assistance is required, there are a number of outside analysis firms available to perform waste analysis. Also, be aware of local, state and tribal regulations may vary as to which drugs and what quantity qualify them as hazardous.
Q: Can alcohol such as isopropyl alcohol be used in Rx Destroyer™?
Alcohol is considered flammable and subsequently considered hazardous. Hazardous items are not to be placed in Rx Destroyer.
Q: What do I do when the container is full?
Rx Destroyer was developed to be disposed in the common trash. Some business types require incineration to mitigate risk. If you need to explore incineration, please call us for affordable pickup or mail-back options local to your facility.
Always review your company’s processes and policies or consult local, state, tribal or federal agencies for regulations that apply to your facilities prior to use.
Q: What is the shelf life of Rx Destroyer
Rx Destroyer products are manufactured on-demand and are processed based upon common FIFO (First-In, First-Out) inventory methods. Subsequently, orders shipped have a “Born On” date no later than 30 days prior to ship date.
▶ Unopened containers – (5) years.
▶ Once medications have been added, no longer than (1) year is suggested. If additives are bio based, user may want to dispose as soon as possible to avoid odors and or potential mold growth as it is impossible to predict all additive combinations.
With regard to pharmaceutical waste disposal, and other regulated activities associated with pharmaceuticals, always follow applicable federal, state, local, and tribal laws and regulations.
Q: Why do I need a Witness Destruction Log?
All controlled substance destruction must be recorded on a Waste Destruction Log. This means that two witnesses have overseen the on-site destruction of the controlled substances. The log records date, dosage, amount destroyed, destruction method, and date with signature of each witness. The witness log is kept on-site for 3 to 5 years per state regulations.
The waste log verifies that the filled Rx Destroyer contains a non-hazardous carbon mixture. Once confirmed, the bottles can be discarded into a non-RCRA pharmaceutical waste bin or non-hazardous industrial waste bin.
Q: How is Rx Destroyer™ superior to “dry” medication disposal products on market?
“Product is “Ready-to-Use”… No Water… No Batteries”
- Rx Destroyer™ patented* ready-to-use formula contains 2 major components; chemically engineered fast dissolving liquid and specially tuned activated carbon. Products containing “dry” activated formula are opportunity for diversion and abuse because the adsorption (transfer) process cannot occur until pills are dissolved.
- Seeing is believing. Look inside the “dry” product containers and see pills sitting on top of carbon in their original form. These conditions are prime for diversion or abuse and would be considered by the industry as “stock piling“. This method does not meet DEA definition of non-retrievable.
- “Dry” activated carbon is considered a fire hazard and may not be allowed at healthcare facilities with or without an SDS Sheet. Rx Destroyer™ aquas solutions are not a fire hazard – Rx Destroyers™ SDS (safety Data Sheet).
Rx Destroyer™ formulated products begin working on contact. As medications are dispersed in the activated carbon slurry, diversion is discouraged and potential environmental harm is reduced. Follow link for test reports.