Disposal of Controlled Drugs

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    Safe Disposal of Controlled Drugs by TCW

    All medical facilities, including pharmacies, healthcare workers, and hospitals, face a common problem, which is the disposal of controlled drugs.

    We, at TCW, understand the importance of controlled drug destruction; hence, we offer end-to-end services to dispose of controlled drugs to prevent any sort of poisoning, even by accident.

    Disposal of controlled drugs UK in care homes should be done only as per the advice given by community nurses and pharmacists from GPs. Irrespective of whether the drugs are used or not, if they are not to be administered anymore, they should be disposed of as per the regulations in place. The supplier of the medicine, such as the chemist or pharmacist, is responsible for controlled drug destruction.

    Pharmacists tend to collect all the drugs in one place, commonly known as the RUM (regular-use medicine) bin. The pharmacists are obligated to record all drugs collected. Once the bin is full, the local municipality or a waste management company on contract collects them at regular intervals, and then they are incinerated, destroyed, or denatured, as the case may be, as per UK regulations.

    First of all, the controlled drugs that are returned to the pharmacists should not be reused since they can pose a major threat to the patient. Any medicines returned have to be disposed of as prescribed by the authorities. As with controlled drugs, disposal of returned medicines is done by a pharmacist by denaturing them as per UK laws and regulations. It is done by the supplier as it minimises the risk of any accidental use or harm to the public.

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    What happens next?

    We are dedicated to providing the safest and most cost-efficient solutions across your health care practice waste life cycle. And this is how it is done.


    Reach out to us, and our team will respond to you as quickly as possible.

    • Reputable, regional consultants
    • Requests are responded to within 24 hours.
    • Initial Consultation
    • Queries Answered


    Our field-based team will conduct a complete analysis of your waste management system.

    • Free Site Survey
    • Waste audit
    • On-site assessment of containers and placement
    • Waste regulation guidance


    Delivery and installation of containers and equipment, collaborating closely with management and maintenance personnel.

    • 1-Month free collection
    • Expert instructions on managing new containers, bins, and bags.
    • Meeting compliance requirements
    • Minimal interference with your patient care


    An experienced local technician will service your waste following your custom service agreement.

    • Timely waste collection service
    • 24×7 Customer Support Access
    • Performance assessments

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    As per the regulations, you are not allowed to carry out controlled drug waste disposal yourselves. These drugs should be handed over to the pharmacies, and then it becomes their responsibility to dispose of them safely.

    Yes, it is your responsibility to take the unused medicines to the chemist or the pharmacist, as they are directly responsible for the disposal of controlled drugs.

    All the details, such as name, power, form (solid or liquid), name, and address of the pharmacist, along with the reason to return or the disposal, need to be saved before it is given for disposal.

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    What Do You Gain By Partnering With Us?

    Our promise of quality extends to all our products, services, and every interaction with our customers. 

    Our practice is legally compliant and follows the latest policies and procedures. 

    We segregate, store, transfer and dispose of medical waste catering to customers’ specific needs. 

    Our highly trained experts provide a reliable, compliant, efficient, and sustainable healthcare waste disposal solution. 

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