DisposeRx packets contain a blend of patent-pending and proprietary solidifying materials that provide a safe solution for the disposal of unused or expired medications. When water and the DisposeRx powder are added to medications in the prescription vial and shaken, the drugs become chemically and physically sequestered in a viscous gel. The gel is a network of crosslinking polymers (think of a tightly woven fish net) which traps the medication’s active ingredient within its composition rendering the drug unavailable and unusable. Further, the gel is naturally resistant to solvents and tampering.
All of the components that make up DisposeRx powder are listed on the FDA’s list of inactive ingredients for approved oral medications.
Over time, the moist environment within the treated vial encourages degradation of the active ingredient. The gel may dry, in which case the cross-linking polymer network will tighten around the active ingredient(s). Validated third-party testing has confirmed that DisposeRx is non-toxic and safe for household trash disposal.
When used as directed, DisposeRx will begin to break down the medication formulation (pill, tablet, capsule, etc.) as the active ingredients are dissolved in the cross-linking polymer matrix (the viscous gel). Any non-water soluble filler material may remain intact giving the illusion of a formed pill or portion of a pill.
The DisposeRx gel creates a physical and chemical barrier between the patient and the drug product that is sequestered, thereby reducing both exposure and harm. It is manufactured by patent-pending components that are approved by the FDA for use in drugs as fillers, as well as found in various foods. If the gel is swallowed, as with any product not meant for human consumption, we advise you to seek medical attention.
DisposeRx powder is made of inactive ingredients commonly found in oral medications. In the case that the gel is exposed to air and dries, the crosslinking polymer network will actually tighten around the active ingredient as it naturally breaks down. DisposeRx gel will encapsulate the active ingredient(s) and hold on to them during this process, creating little or no threat to the environment. The drugs sequestered are dissolved into the cross-linking polymer matrix, and the polymers may take months to years to break down.
As there are many variations in pills, tablet and capsule sizes, we consider the volume size of the container as it relates to the volume of drugs to dispose as the denominator and is a better method for establishing at-home drug disposal. *Viscosity can vary from a thick liquid to a stiff gel without changing the effectiveness of sequestration of the active ingredient within the gel.
Lemon juice will make the gel less viscous (think molasses rather than rubber cement). However, with our testing of this solvent, we determined that the gel is still working as intended. In addition, we have independently tested a variety of scenarios using household solvents in case someone attempts to get at the active ingredient of the medication disposed. The third-party laboratory has confirmed that “DisposeRx is extremely effective” as a means for at-home drug disposal.
The disposal of chemotherapy drugs is specifically addressed in the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s “Controlling Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Drugs – August 2016.” Please follow their published guidelines for disposal.
Our technology uses proprietary materials found in oral medications and listed by the FDA as inactive ingredients for approved oral medication. Our cross-linking polymer network functions like a tightly woven fishing net and encapsulates/traps the active ingredients, keeping them bound in our unique gel matrix.
By “chemically sequester” we mean the active ingredient(s) [AI] cannot be extracted in a usable state. If a person was to try and extract any of the active ingredient from the activated gel matrix and is successful (which is unlikely), the drug or active ingredient will not be in a useable form, thus helping to break the chain of illicit use and abuse.
By “physically sequester” we are referring to how our technology begins to break down the drug formulation so that the medication is no longer recognizable or intact. It is unrecognizable as the therapeutic dose for which it was intended.