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Contractor Notice: Further extension to SSP06 – Fluoxetine 40mg capsules

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has provided an update on the Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for Fluoxetine 40mg capsules (SSP06). SSP06 for Fluoxetine 40mg capsules was previously expected to expire on 10th August but the end date has been further extended to 4th September 2020. This expiry date may be brought forward...

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Availability of Evorel products (Theramex) – Updated

Following the recent supply problems for the Evorel range of products, Theramex have provided this further update. ‘Following the acquisition of Evorel by Theramex in October 2019, we have worked tirelessly with multiple manufacturing partners to resupply the product in the UK market. Since February 2020, we have produced nearly 750,000 packs across the Evorel...

4 hours ago

Update on new flexible approaches to flu vaccination service

An update on the new flexible approaches being considered for support the provision of the flu vaccination service has been released. Contractors must note that the changes PSNC is seeking to the flu vaccination service, described in the update, have not yet been agreed and may never be agreed. On 3rd July 2020, PSNC published...

3 days 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