Here are some commonly asked questions regarding PAC-RX™ and pharmaceutical waste disposal. Please contact PAC-RX™ if you have further questions.
How does PAC-RX™ work?
PAC-RX™ Utilizes a proprietary formula which includes Power Activated Carbon (PAC) to adsorb the medication’s API (active pharmaceutical ingredient)
How do I use PAC-RX™?
- Add water
- Place back in secure area or lockable wall mount
- Final disposal according to regulations
Does PAC-RX™ and similarly marketed standalone devices meet DEA’s non-retrievable standard?
NO – according to the DEA and EPA. Contact DEA and EPA to verify.
If standalone medicine disposal devices don’t meet DEA’s non-retrievable standard, why should we use them at all?
Because the ones that utilize activated carbon provide a great security measure to prevent diversion prior to incineration.
Can I put hazardous waste drugs in the PAC-RX™
That depends on a host of variables including the type of pharmaceutical, the state you are in and the final disposal method. Contact us for your specific answer.
Will PAC-RX™ and similarly marketed devices make my RCRA hazardous drugs, non-hazardous?
NO. And if they did, that would constitute hazardous waste treatment which opens more stringent EPA/RCRA regulations.
Can I discard the used PAC-RX™ in the regular trash after use?
NO. Nor should you do this with any other competing medicine disposal device.
How long does activated carbon it take to work?
That depends on a host of factors. How water soluble is the medication? What is the chemical composition and form of the drug? Therefore, the general answer is from immediately to several days.
Is my pharmaceutical waste regulated?
YES – If you sell or dispense pharmaceuticals, including OTC and homeopathic substances. NO – If you are the ultimate consumer of medicine.
Which regulatory agencies oversee the disposal of pharmaceuticals?
EPA – Environmental Protection Agency, DEA – Drug Enforcement Agency and State & Local Agencies.
What is EPA’s Subpart P?
These are recent EPA regulations regarding the disposal of hazardous pharmaceuticals in a healthcare setting. For more information on Subpart P, including a free webinar, visit EPA Subpart P
Is it possible for medication to be later be extracted from a disposal device that utilizes activated carbon?
Yes – Tests have shown this to be true of all DEA Sequestration devices in the market place today. Although it may be difficult, it is still possible. Therefore, DEA and EPA are in agreement that none of these type of devices meet DEA’s non-retrievable standard. Link to products