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    Where I work we keep methotrexate in the CD cabinet. I know it isn't a CD but we were told to move it into the CD cabinet a few years ago. Anyway, last Monday we had a visit from the inspector. The following day I read his report. One question said something like is the CD cabinet maintained in accordance with the regulations. He had answered no. He went on to say that he found Methotrexate in there and a denaturing kit.

    Is it wrong to store methotrexate in the CD cabinet?

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    Re: Storing methotrexate in the CD cabinet

    technically yes it is wrong as the cd cabinet is supposed to be for CDs only - if the inspector is grumpy about tell him you were asked to by head office in order to reduce the possibility of errors (with regards to the mixing up of 2.5 and 10mg strengths - hope you aren't storing the 2.5s in there too!) and that you will contact the superintendent's office to confirm if this is still a company policy to do this - if it is you can get the super's office to give him a ring for a chat about it...


    denaturing kits shouldn't be kept with the CDs - theres a risk one could get accidentally spilled on your cds or in the bottom of your cabinet. I've seen them spilled - you never seem to get every crumb and they jellify after a day or two. yukky stuff. Best to keep denaturing kits in the sink cupboard or up with your doop bins.
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    • #3
      Re: Storing methotrexate in the CD cabinet

      we dont store it in the CD cabinet, but we do store the ED drugs i.e viagra, cialis..etc i believe its just to make sure not anyone get easy access to it i.e let's say stupid person deciding to nick some and sell them for 40 quids or so

      you raised a good point, will discuss tomorrow with the p'cist before getting such a visit :P
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      • #4
        Re: Storing methotrexate in the CD cabinet

        We did have both strengths in there, stored on seperate shelves, with a warning label 'dispensing methotrexate? check strength' I think he may have taken the Methotrexate 10mg away with him actually.

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        • #5
          Re: Storing methotrexate in the CD cabinet

          One shop kept schering pc4 (old style morning after pills) in the CD cupboard when I first qualified (1990). Maybe he was afraid of the staff self medicating.

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          • #6
            Re: Storing methotrexate in the CD cabinet

            Originally posted by lamzee View Post
            One shop kept schering pc4 (old style morning after pills) in the CD cupboard when I first qualified (1990). Maybe he was afraid of the staff self medicating.
            or maybe he slipped them into everyone's tea so he wouldn't have the hassle of sorting out maternity cover!!
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            • #7
              Re: Storing methotrexate in the CD cabinet

              Maybe :-)

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              • #8
                Re: Storing methotrexate in the CD cabinet

                Originally posted by Sir_Dispensalot View Post
                or maybe he slipped them into everyone's tea so he wouldn't have the hassle of sorting out maternity cover!!
                speaking from experience?

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                • #9
                  Re: Storing methotrexate in the CD cabinet

                  no i would never condone the slipping of oral contraceptives into staff drinks! - theres always the chance i might accidentally drink it (maybe thats why i'm growing boobs! ).
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                  • #10
                    Re: Storing methotrexate in the CD cabinet

                    Originally posted by razorbladekisses View Post
                    Where I work we keep methotrexate in the CD cabinet. I know it isn't a CD but we were told to move it into the CD cabinet a few years ago. Anyway, last Monday we had a visit from the inspector. The following day I read his report. One question said something like is the CD cabinet maintained in accordance with the regulations. He had answered no. He went on to say that he found Methotrexate in there and a denaturing kit.

                    Is it wrong to store methotrexate in the CD cabinet?
                    There's no legal requirement to do this, and there are lots of other nasty drugs in the dispensary that you would have to include if you went down this route.
                    There are better means of risk mitigation than bunging everything in the CD cupboard.

                    Must be company policy so that someone doesn't give out wrong strength or dose, or mixes it up with another drug on the open shelves.

                    The PDE-5's are kept in the CD cupboard and are treated as CD by wholesalers because of the 'street value' and possible theft.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Storing methotrexate in the CD cabinet

                      dont see the point in CD cabinet, I thought the 10mg methotrexate was discontinued????
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                      • #12
                        Re: Storing methotrexate in the CD cabinet

                        i keep my lunch in the cd cabinet lol, we have too many items in there!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Storing methotrexate in the CD cabinet

                          I thought perhaps he took the Methotrexate 10mg away but he didn't. It probably is discontinued now but we had a few patients who were on the 10mg and that's why we have a few tablets left.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Storing methotrexate in the CD cabinet

                            hello..
                            I'm 18 and I'm wanting to study pharmacy at university next year.
                            I have currently just carried out some work experience in a pharmacy, however I wasn't able to find out everything i wanted to..
                            so i thought i'd ask on here (",)
                            I take it "CD" stands for controlled drugs?? and each drug that is stored in there has a schedule number 1 to 3?? is this right or am I completely wrong?? lol wbpllz

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                            • #15
                              Re: Storing methotrexate in the CD cabinet

                              Originally posted by SolomonQ View Post
                              dont see the point in CD cabinet, I thought the 10mg methotrexate was discontinued????
                              Long time discontinued in kiwiland..avoids dispensing errors with 2.5mg tabs. How many of you worry about using a separate counting tray? I don't! I usually use the bottle's cap. I believe the risk of mutagenicity at the small doses doesn't warrant the paranoia around it. But paranoid I was when going in a clean room and handle big dosages.

                              For your inspector he should get a life and don't take himself too seriously. A safe is there to prevent misuse or theft, as long as a only the pharmacist has access to it.

                              It's good to know that your people when they steal the "fils" (better than saying 5-PDIs..I need to patent that) is just for greed and not to have an orgy at the back of the shop

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