Pharmacy inhaler disposal resources

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Resource Description: 

Resources for pharmacists and patients on environmentally-safe disposal of inhalers.


To meet the Respiratory domain of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS), patient-facing pharmacy staff must be trained on the reasons why used, unwanted and expired inhalers should be returned to the pharmacy for safe disposal and the adverse effects on the environment when inhalers are disposed of in domestic waste.  

The pharmacy must be able to evidence that they have spoken (a verbal conversation rather than written communication) with all patients, their carer or representatives, for whom they have dispensed an inhaler between 1 September 2021 to 31 January 2022, about the environmental benefits of them returning all unwanted and used inhaler devices to a community pharmacy for safe and environmentally friendly disposal. Discussions can be supplemented with other communication methods such as leaflets, emails and texts.


Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)

Publication date: 

August, 2021

Resource type: 

  • communications tool
  • educational materials


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