Ultimate User Unused Medication Disposal

Including Disposal of Controlled Substances


What is MedSafe?

MedSafe is an unused, ultimate-user medication disposal system. This easy-to-operate system accepts controlled (Schedules II-V), non-controlled and over-the-counter medicines. MedSafe meets the requirements of the DEA Controlled Substances Act.

MedSafe combines a stainless steel collection receptacle with a removable prepaid shipback inner liner. When the inner liner fills, authorized persons can safely remove the liner from the collection receptacle, seal it and return it via common carrier. Inner lines are treated using the DEA preferred method of disposal, incineration, rendering the pharmaceuticals non-retrievable.

MedSafe Benefits

  • Cost-effective and easy-to-manage system that meets DEA regulations
  • Utilizes a collection receptacle, which is the DEA-preferred method for collection
  • Approved for comingled collection of controlled and non-controlled pharmaceuticals
  • Inner liners transferred by a common carrier
  • Controlled drugs destroyed using incineration, the DEA-preferred method

MedSafe Features

  • 14-gauge powder-coated steel collection receptacle
  • One-way medicine drop with locking door
  • Double-locked front door access
  • Secures to a permanent structure
  • Serialized inner liners with prepaid return via common carrier
  • Unique identification number on inner liner that enables tracking

38-Gallon MedSafe

38-Gallon MedSafe is ideal for facilities, such as retail pharmacies, that generate larger amounts of pharmaceutical waste from ultimate users. MedSafe increases foot traffic for retail pharmacies by providing a much-needed service to the community.

MedSafe 38-Gallon Collection Receptacle Specifications

  • Overall Dimensions: 43.75" x 22.5" x 21.25"
  • Top Opening Dimensions: 5.5" x 13"

38-Gallon Inner Liner Specifications

  • Constructed of two 200# Test Corrugated
  • Outer Box Dimensions: 18.25" x 18.25" x 27"
  • Inner Box Dimensions: 17.75" x 17.75" x 26.375"
  • Two 4-Mil Polyethylene Plastic Bags
  • Eighteen 4" x 6" Absorbent Pads
  • Available in the following frequencies during a one-year period
24 (biweekly) 12 (monthly) 6 (bimonthly) 4 (quarterly) 3 (every four months)

18-Gallon MedSafe

18-Gallon MedSafe is perfect for facilities that generate smaller amounts of pharmaceutical waste, such as long-term care facilities. MedSafe is convenient and easy to use. Nurses no longer have to spend time mixing unused medication with kitty litter or popping pills out of bingo cards.

MedSafe 18-Gallon Collection Receptacle Specifications

  • Overall Dimensions: 38.25" x 17" x 16.25"
  • Top Opening Dimensions: 5.5" x 13"

18-Gallon Inner Liner Specifications

  • Constructed of two 200# Test Corrugated
  • Outer Box Size: 13.25" x 13.25" x 22.25"
  • Inner Box Size: 13" x 13" x 22"
  • Two 4-Mil Polyethylene Plastic Bags
  • Ten 4" x 6" Absorbent Pads
  • Available in the following frequencies during a one-year period
24 (biweekly) 12 (monthly) 6 (bimonthly) 4 (quarterly) 3 (every four months)

MedSafe Headlines

What our users are saying about the product


By law, the pharmacy could not legally accept dispensed prescriptions. That changed last fall,” said Maj. Marcio Fletes, director of outpatient pharmacy operations here. “The MEDSAFE unit definitely meets our patients’ needs.

By Ilka Cole, Northwest Florida Daily News

In an effort to improve safety among the Fort Rucker community, Lyster Army Health Clinic added a new option for medication disposal for its beneficiaries.

Located in the pharmacy lobby, the new MedSafe drop box allows patients to safely dispose of any unwanted or expired medications.

By Jenny Stripling, Army Flier

That is until now. At nearly two dozen of its community pharmacies across the state, Intermountain Healthcare has installed secure drop-off boxes called "Med Safe." Utah is one of a few states in the nation installing these. People who have unused medications can deposit them in the boxes for proper disposal.

By Keith McCord, Deseret News

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MedSafe Frequently Asked Questions

Who can purchase a MedSafe?

MedSafe is designed for long-term care facilities (LTCF), hospice, licensed law enforcement and drug treatment centers, as well as retail pharmacies and hospitals and clinics with on-site pharmacies. When used in long-term care, an approved "collector" must manage the MedSafe collection receptacle program.

Who is a “collector”?

A collector is an approved DEA registrant that applies with the DEA to collect controlled substances from ultimate users. Retail pharmacies can install and manage a MedSafe collection receptacle program by registering with the DEA as a collector. Additionally, retail pharmacies may install and manage MedSafe programs at LTCFs.

Can I comingle non-controlled medications and controlled substances in MedSafe?

Yes. Both controlled (Schedules II-V) and non-controlled substances can be disposed of in the MedSafe collection receptacle. With MedSafe, facilities have one complete solution for disposal of non-hazardous unused medications.

How much does the MedSafe cost?

MedSafe offers fixed, cost-effective pricing with many frequency options to fit your needs. The receptacle cost is included in the service fee, requiring no money down to get started. The low monthly cost to operate a MedSafe collection receptacle depends on the number of inner liner units used during one calendar year. The program has five service levels: 24 (biweekly),12 (monthly), 6 (bimonthly), 4 (quarterly) or 3 (every four months).

How do I order a new inner liner?

All initial shipments of MedSafe units will include an inner liner. A new inner liner will auto ship from our warehouse based on the contracted service frequency (24 (biweekly), 12 (monthly), 6 (bimonthly), 4 (quarterly) or 3 (every four months)). If use is higher than expected, extra inner liners can be ordered outside of the contracted frequencies.

Where can I find information on the DEA regulations?

A link to the full regulations is here. You can access links for DEA registrants, LTCFs and more here.

Sharps Compliance, Inc. (Sharps) fully complies with DOT regulations for the transport of such drugs collected for disposal as authorized by the DOT under Special Permit # DOT-SP 20284. Click the link for the Special Permit under which the Company operates.