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Pregabalin update

Pharmacy teams may be aware of the recent patent litigation of Lyrica. The patent is now set to expire and NHS England has released new guidance  in regards to the prescribing and dispensing of pregabalin, which comes into effect from 17th July 2017. Pharmacy teams should note that when dispensing pregabalin for the treatment of any condition,...

12 hours ago

Steve Brine MP to have responsibility for pharmacy in new ministerial role

Steve Brine, the MP for Winchester, is the new minister with responsibility for pharmacy. Mr Brine was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health last week by Prime Minister Theresa May, but his ministerial brief was not known at that point. Mr Brine is a long-term Conservative activist and has served as Jeremy...

12 hours ago

PSNC Judicial Review Appeal Update

PSNC has received permission to appeal in its Judicial Review Case against the Secretary of State. On 20th October 2016, the Secretary of State imposed funding cuts and other changes on community pharmacy. PSNC sought Judicial Review of the decision.  On 18 May 2017, Mr Justice Collins gave his judgment, finding against PSNC, but criticising the Department of Health’s (DH’s) consultation process, stating that it was...

15 hours ago

Disposal of Unwanted Medicines

 

Disposal of Unwanted Medicines

Queries relating to the hazardous waste bins (yellow bins) should be directed to the NHS England West Yorkshire Area Team: 

england.wyat-phes@nhs.net - 0113 825 2700

 

Disposal of needles, syringes and sharps

Some community pharmacies across West Yorkshire are able to accept needles, syringes and sharps for disposal.

These sharps can only be accepted if they are taken to the pharmacy in a sealed yellow 1 litre sharps bin.  Pharmacies are unable to accept loose sharps or sharps that are not in the specified container.

If you do not have a yellow 1 litre 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 

 

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.