Bureau Veritas Consumer Product Services, Inc.
At the request of the client, the submitted product was subjected to an Actual Use Test to determine if the product functions as intended and meets and/or exceeds the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines for disposal of unused medicines.
Based on the results of testing, it is the opinion of Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Inc. (BVCPS) that the submitted product, Pill Terminator, exceeds the U.S. FDA and EPA guidelines for disposal of unused medicines.
Following the product’s use instructions, the Pill Terminator rendered the medicine used in testing, coated aspirin tablets, unusable. The Pill Terminator dissolved the medicine used in this testing, exceeding the guidelines of the FDA and EPA for disposal of unused medicine.
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Western New England University Report
The disposal of excess or expired drugs, especially controlled substances, is a significant problem in the United States and other countries. In the U.S., the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulates the disposal of large quantities of unwanted controlled substances from a provider’s inventory, but these guidelines do not apply to consumers. Furthermore, pharmacists and physicians are not permitted by law to take back unused or expired prescription drugs on a routine basis due to potential liabilities. While the DEA has instituted events like “National Take Back Day” to encourage consumers to safely dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals, anecdotal evidence suggests that many still tend to “flush” unwanted drugs down the toilet or discard them in the garbage. Neither of these methods of disposal is acceptable as they result in contamination of the environment. Because most sewage treatment plants are not equipped to separate them from wastewater, drugs that are disposed of in this way may ultimately compromise public drinking water.
Controlled substances that are disposed of without prior denaturation or that accumulate in consumers’ medicine cabinets often find their way into the hands of those who will use them illicitly, contributing to the ever growing drug abuse problem in the U.S. and other countries. In fact, the World Health Organization has recommended: “Controlled substances must be destroyed under supervisions of a pharmacist or the police depending on national regulations. Such substances must not be allowed into the public domain as they may be abused. They should either be rendered unusable, by encapsulation or inertization, and then dispersed among the municipal solid waste in a landfill, or incinerated.” Accordingly, numerous products for the destruction of drugs have been developed and are currently on the market, including the Pill Terminator (Combined Distributors Inc.).
University of Hertfordshire Report
The aim of this study was to determine if a new kit manufactured by Combined Distributors Inc. actually chemically destroys the drug within it. For this purpose one example controlled drug, morphine, was used as a test item.
In order to meet these aims, morphine was chosen as a representative test drug and a HPLC method used for analysis.
The Pill Terminator was tested and the ability of the kit to degrade morphine was determined. A known quantity of morphine was added to the kit and the drug content assayed immediately and the assay repeated after 48 hours to determine the extent of drug destruction.
When using the Pill Terminator kit 98.45% of the morphine was degraded within 48h.