Disposing of out of date drugs

Yellow kit bag

Updated guidance of how to dispose of out of date drugs and denaturing controlled drugs is available on East24.

The main change is for medications (excluding controlled drugs):

All stations are able to order specific drugs waste bins (pharmaceutical bins) with a blue lid from one of the Trust stores (Dunstable, Chelmsford, Norwich).

When the bin is up to the fill line or ¾ full:

  1. it should be sealed with an inventory form attached to it
  2. an email should be sent to waste@eastamb.nhs.uk with information that the bin is full and requires removal by a clinical waste courier, along with full details of the location to be collected from.      

Figure 1: Pharmaceutical bin (drugs waste bin)      


Published 4th March, 2016

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