Treating pharmaceuticals in the toilet bowl before they get flushed away (product from Sweden)

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Treating pharmaceuticals in the toilet bowl before they get flushed away

Due to a slipped vertebral disc I am forced to consume large amounts of pharmaceuticals to manage pain. I discovered that a Swedish company has produced a product that hangs on the inside of the toilet bowl and delivers for each flush an amount of "enzymes" (not described in the product description) that break down persistent drugs like antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, analgesics, hormones, etc. The idea is that the "enzyme" mix is flushed into the bowl before one urinates or defecates. The drugs are then "attacked" before being flushed into the environment. There are no instructions as to how many minutes one needs to wait before flushing to ensure degradation. Sounds like a great idea if it works. I have requested some published data. Wondering how persistent the enzymes themselves are. Sewage treatment plants are experimenting with ozone and peroxide to breakdown pharmaceuticals (and probably everything else that can be oxidized).

The product "pCure" is described here www.pcure.se/en

Has anyone encountered a similar product or can contribute to this discussion?

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Re: Treating pharmaceuticals in the toilet bowl before they get flushed away

Dear Arno,

Thanks for posting. I hope your back will get better soon.

The list of pharmaceuticals they claim their products destroys is quite geared up for a typical "Western/Northern" medical diet I would say. It would be interesting to know if their enzymes are also functional against some f the antibiotics that are so commonly over-prescribed in South Asia (Ciprofloxacin, Metronidazole, etc.).

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Re: Treating pharmaceuticals in the toilet bowl before they get flushed away

That's a really interesting concept. Why would any customer pay for it though, unless it is either extremely cheap, smells good, or the person has a really high level of environmental awareness and wants to contribute to society. Would be really interesting to find out more. If it worked then perhaps one day it is made mandatory by the local water authorities that everyone has that in their toilet bowl, including inspectors who will go around to check. (??)

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Re: Treating pharmaceuticals in the toilet bowl before they get flushed away

Hi,

on the pharem homepage ( www.pharem.se/2018/01/11/uppfoljning-pa-...vecklingen-av-pcure/ ) there are some more indepth info about the tests (to be found trough the blue links in the text) but to my knowledge there is not yet any peer reviewed publications about the product.

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