Returning Unwanted Patient Medications

Returning Unwanted Patient Medications

June 10, 2020

The LPC has had reports from District Nurses and other healthcare professionals and carers that returning unwanted patient medications to pharmacies for destruction is currently very difficult and time consuming. The contractual requirement for community pharmacies to accept unwanted/out-of-date/waste medicines for disposal from the public remains an important service during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it does bring potential risks for pharmacy teams. PSNC worked with the National Pharmacy Association, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group to produce the joint guidance for community pharmacies in England.

This guidance has been compiled to help contractors determine how best to safely handle returned unwanted medicines at this time. Further information can be obtained via this link.

https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/essential-services/disposal-of-unwanted-medicines/

Where possible we would ask that pharmacies support the return of unwanted medicines, especially CDs and End Of Life drugs, to minimise the risks associated with these drugs remaining in patient’s homes when they are no longer needed.




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