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Storage and disposal of drugs

You should: 
  1. store all diagnostic and therapeutic drugs according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and
  2. keep drugs out of patients’ reach.
You must follow the current legislation on the disposal of hazardous waste.160 You must ensure drug waste is disposed of in accordance with the regulations.161 See section on Infection control.


160 Environmental Protection Act 1990 s34 [Accessed 19 Nov 2020 2020]
161 The College of Optometrists (2014) Guidance on the disposal of waste [Accessed 19 Nov 2020]