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Denaturing Controlled Drugs

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Denaturing Controlled Drugs

Out of date or unwanted controlled drugs must be denatured prior to disposal so they cannot be retrieved, recovered or reused. Even small amounts of controlled drugs must never be disposed of via the sewage system, and should never be placed in a pharmaceutical bin without first being denatured. Initial Medical provide full support through the process of meeting pharmaceutical regulations with our Controlled Drugs Denaturing Kit.

Our comprehensive controlled drug denaturing kit will render unwanted medicines irretrievable and unfit for use, ready to be disposed of in an Initial Medical blue-lidded pharmaceutical bin. Available in a range of sizes, we have kits to suit all business types. Each kit also contains full instructions for use, giving your staff the knowledge and ability to correctly denature old medicine.

All producers of pharmaceutical waste are required to correctly manage medicinal waste in accordance with the Misuse of Drugs Act 2001. Our trusted technicians and consultants will guide your practice through these regulations, helping you to stay legally compliant. Contacting one of our experts now for a free quote.

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Pharmaceutical waste legislation

The possession, storage and destruction of controlled drugs stocks are governed by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and Misuses of Drugs Regulations 2001 as well as subsequent amendments. These state that ‘controlled drugs must be rendered irretrievable prior to onward safe disposal'.

The Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) Regulations 2006 have required pharmacies to have Standard Operating Procedures for dealing with Controlled Drugs. These procedures must document the approved method for denaturing and disposing of controlled drugs. It is important that all medicines are safely disposed of, and is particularly important for controlled drugs which are at risk of being diverted and misused. Inappropriate disposal may also have a negative impact on the environment and public safety.

Types of controlled drugs

The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 divide Controlled Drugs into five schedules which correspond to the drugs' therapeutic usefulness and misuse potential.

Some examples of controlled drugs include:

  • Amphetamine
  • Barbituric acid
  • Cannabinol
  • Difenoxin
  • Fentanyl
  • Isopropylphenidate
  • Ketamine
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Nicocodine
  • Opium
  • Pethidine
  • Temazepam
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