Written by Megan Chamberlain
13 Mar 2019

Rx Destroyer: What it is and When to use it

Knowing how to properly dispose of pharmaceutical waste, especially those classified as controlled substances, is becoming increasingly more important as legislation tightens to prevent drugs and prescription medications from falling to the wrong hands or our water supply. The days of flushing unused medications down the sink are long gone. Current best practice of Witness Wasting is chemical destruction.

Daniels has developed a system to help educate and train healthcare facilities in the most compliant and sustainable way to manage pharmaceutical waste disposal. Our system ensures that your facility utilizes the correct amount, and size of pharmaceutical containers (when applicable) for your healthcare waste needs. In the collection and disposal of all hazardous waste streams, we work directly with our customers to review, analyze and streamline their pharmaceutical waste contents to ensure compliance. 


Hazardous, Non-Hazardous, or Controlled—oh my!

If you’re struggling to identify what category your pharmaceutical waste falls into and how to dispose of it, you’re not alone. Daniels has helped countless customers categorize their formularies and advise on proper disposal methods. If you would like some help on categorizing this waste stream, learn more about the formulary analysis tool we offer! 


Formulary Analysis


You may ask yourself, “Why do I need to be so specific with my pharmaceutical waste categorization? Can’t I just over-categorize it all has hazardous and be done with it?”


The short answer is, sure you can do that. The long answer is, taking the short route to safety never pays off and you will most likely end up, at minimum, drastically over-paying for disposal and treatment or with a fine from the EPA or DEA for improper disposal. We’ve encountered numerous customers who have not been offered the help or education to properly categorize and separate their pharmaceutical waste stream. We work to ensure that none of our customers are ever paying for pricier disposal of non-regulated waste if they don’t have to. We take time to get it right and save you money.


What is Rx Destroyer?


Rx Destroyer is a range of fast-acting chemical destruction solvents that make medication destruction safe, affordable, and convenient. This solution meets the DEA’s non-retrievable standard. It is also an environmentally safe drug disposal solution for certain medications. Rx Destroyer is especially helpful when disposing of controlled substances. 


Some things to keep in mind when considering Rx Destroyer:


  • Rx destroyer is to only be used for Witness Wasting. Rx Destroyer cannot be used for the disposal of controlled substances that are in inventory (expired or unused).
  • Your facility may have their own policy to dispose of unused mediation, but chemical destruction is best practice.
  • DEA requires controlled substances in inventory to be Witness Incinerated. Each party who handles the controlled substances until they’re disposed must be a DEA registrant.
  • When the partially-used medication is witness wasted the waste is no longer DEA regulated.



How do you use Rx Destroyer?

Make sure you are Witness Wasting in accordance with your company's policy.


Step 1  /  Remove medication from packaging: Vial, bubble pack or foil.


Step 2  /  Load unused or unwanted medications into the Rx Destroyer bottle.


Step 3  /  Gently agitate bottle so the liquid slurry pours over the medications.


Step 4  /  When bottle is full, secure lid and dispose (preferably with non-haz waste)


With over 30 years of experience—we got this.

Don’t stress yourself with the hassle of guesswork when it comes to disposing of pharmaceuticals, give us a call. We have the experience and the passion for safety to help you develop a medical waste management plan that meets your needs.


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Megan Chamberlain

Megan Chamberlain

Content Strategist

With a little bit of knowledge about a lot of things and a quick wit, Megan was the recipient of the Daniels Pun-Master Award 2017 and is the go-to for fun analogies to explain healthcare waste.