Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Verde Environmental Technologies, Inc., Team to Provide Medsaway Medication Disposal System
Simple system allows patients to safely dispose of unused prescription medications; helps combat potential diversion of opioid medications
The patented Medsaway pouch neutralizes unwanted and unused prescription drugs, making them physiologically inactive through an adsorption reaction with carbon. Once the medicine is added to the pouch, along with water, the activated carbon binds to the medicine’s active ingredients to disable the medication.
“As a world leader in the manufacture of controlled substances,
In the case of opioids, a recent survey found that 72 percent of patients who were prescribed opioids reported having leftover amounts, and 71 percent of those having leftover medication reported that they kept it.1 These accumulations may be a contributing factor to the recent high incidence of opioid-related poisonings.2
Medsaway can help keep medications from accumulating in the home, as the pouch is easily disposed of in the household trash.
“In addition to helping combat the growing problems of abuse and
diversion of drugs from the home, Medsaway offers an environmentally
friendly and responsible way to dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals,”
Verde is a privately held organization, with Manufacturing and
Operations based in
1 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Vol. 59, No.
2 Inocencio T.J., The Economic Burden of Opioid-Related
Lynn Phillips, 314-654-3263
Manager, Media Relations
Verde Environmental Technologies
Clayton Anderson, 952-345-4525
Chief Financial Officer