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SSPs issued for Fluoxetine 30mg capsules & Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg: Urgent actions required by pharmacy teams

In response to significant ongoing disruption to the supply of Fluoxetine 30mg capsules and Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg, two Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) have been been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Introduced with immediate effect today, Tuesday 20th October 2020, SSP07 has been developed by clinicians and provides pharmacists with procedures to...

13 hours ago

PSNC Briefing 037/20: Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP): SSP08 – Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg

In response to significant ongoing disruption to the supply of Salazopyrin® EN-Tabs 500mg, a Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP) have been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and these can be accessed on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website. This briefing provides information on these SSPs and is intended as a...

13 hours ago

PSNC Briefing 036/20: Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP): SSP07 – Fluoxetine 30mg capsules

In response to significant ongoing disruption to the supply of fluoxetine 30mg capsules, a Serious Shortage Protocol (SSP) have been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and these can be accessed on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website. This briefing provides information on these SSPs and is intended as a...

13 hours ago

Disposal of Unwanted Medicines

 

Disposal of Unwanted Medicines

Queries relating to hazardous waste bins (yellow bins), including to arrange collection, should be directed to the NHS England & NHS Improvement West Yorkshire Area Team - england.wyat-phes@nhs.net.  When emailing to arrange collection, please include details of how many bins will require collecting (collection cannot be arranged without this information).

 

Sip Feeds

Following queries about the return of sip feeds to community pharmacy as waste medicines, NHSE&I has shared the following information in the document below.
 
NHSE&I Guidance: Disposal of Sip Feeds



Disposal of Needles, Syringes and Sharps

Signposting Patients

Patients who request information about the disposal of sharps should be directed to the information from the Local Authority in which they live (see below) or be directed to a pharmacy that accepts waste (after first contacting the pharmacy to confirm they are currently able to accept sharps bins for disposal). 

 

Sharps Bins

Some community pharmacies across West Yorkshire are able to accept needles, syringes and sharps for disposal.  Sharps can only be accepted if they are taken to the pharmacy in sealed yellow sharps bins.  Pharmacies are unable to accept loose sharps or sharps that are not in the specified container.  

If you do not have a yellow sharps bin then these are available on prescription from the professional who prescribed you the needles, syringes or sharps.

Do not use other bins

You should not put used needles or other sharps:

- in your household waste bin or any other general refuse bin

- in a container that's no longer needed, such as a drinks can or bottle

 

A list of pharmacies providing this service can be found on the link below:

Pharmacies Disposing of Diabetic Sharps 

In response to COVID-19 some pharmacies may currently be unable to able to accept sharps from patients.
 

The above list was updated in October 2018.  If your pharmacy appears on this list and you no longer accept sharps or if you do accept sharps and your pharmacy details are omitted, please advise info@cpwy.org.  If you do not have a sharps bin, but would like to offer this service, please contact NHS England West Yorkshire Area Team.  Contact details can be found above.   

This service is for people who have been prescribed needles, syringes or sharps.  If you have found needles or syringes in a public area then you should contact your local council to arrange disposal.

 

Last Updated: 5th June 2020