2ml ampoules of sterile water for injections. Each box contains 10 ampoules, to order a box put 10 in the quantity box above.
We supply water amps to individuals for personal use only: the maximum order for individuals is 500 ampoules.
There is no limit on the amount UK drug services can buy.
IMPORTANT: Please note we cannot export water ampoules to addresses outside the UK.
Always discard any unused water from an open water ampoule.
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This product is pure, sterile, water for injections. We do not stock bacteriostatic water, which has anti-bacterial additives, but this is a suitable alternative if you can make up individual doses.
The ampoules are supplied in small boxes of 10 ampoules, we are not allowed to split the small box, so 10 ampoules is the minimum order.
These notes are principally written for drug services giving out water as part of a needle exchange services because the sharing of water, vials or ampoules for drug preparation may be a cause of hepatitis C infections.
It is important to reinforce the supply of water amps with the clear message that the reason it's being given out is to reduce the risk of bacterial – and possibly viral – infection.
The ampoules are for single use, and any remaining water should be thrown away.
The blue dot!
It is also important for all clients to be shown how to use the amp snapper, preferably with a practical demonstration in the needle exchange, using an ampoule.
Clients should be advised to throw away used ampoules with other used injecting equipment in a sharps bin. However, where no sharps bin is available,ampoules can be ground to a fine powder under the heel, rendering them harmless or disposed of in domestic waste or recycling scheme.
Our water ampoules are a fully licenced medicine – with all the quality control, traceability, recall procedures and documentation that are necessary for any injectable solution.
It is only by having a medicines licence that patient safety can be absolutely guaranteed.
The licence holder for the product is Hameln pharmaceuticals, and the product licence number is: PL 01502/0003R
Can I order from NHS e-direct?
YES! – The NHS supply chain e-direct product codes for water for injections is FTR792.
Q. Is 2ml 'shareable'?
A. In practice the practical difficulty of getting every last drop out of a glass ampoule, and the fact that most people use around 1ml, often slightly more, means that although sharing is sometimes theoretically possible, in practice it is rare.
People who might share water from an amp would be more likely to share water from other sources that would be both easier to share and contaminated with more blood from more people.
The fact that it’s given out by a needle exchange in the context of single-use equipment and the advice and information means that the 2ml ampoule has significant potential to reduce sharing of water, and therefore to reduce infection risk.
Q. Could you supply 5ml plastic water for injection ampoules?
A. There are problems with supplying 5ml plastic ampoules.
Firstly, they are more likely to be shared. Our experience of asking injectors to rate the relative risks of different water sources has shown that people frequently rate the risks of shared ampoules lower than those of other water sources that would typically have higher risks of bacterial contamination, but lower risks of viral contamination.
Q. What happens if you don't have the blue dot facing forward?
A. Glass ampoules are scored so they break behind the blue dot. Attempting to break the amp in the wrong direction won't work.
Normally, an ampoule put in the amp snapper the wrong way round won't break, so people will realise that something is wrong, and fiddle with it to make it work.
If people try and force it, sometimes the whole ampoule will shatter inside the 'safe snap', but this requires a lot of force, and the broken glass should remain within the snapper.
To prevent this happening we recommend that services have an open box of water amps in the needle exchange, and that they demonstrate correct use of the snapper to everyone the first time they collect one.
Q. Is it legal to distribute 2ml Water for Injections ampoules?
A. In the UK, Yes! Distribution of our 2ml water for injections ampoules is now completely legal. However, this has not always been the case and it has taken 2 changes in legislation to enable water to be distributed to drug users.
Misuse of Drugs Act
On 8th July 2003 a Home Office press release (Reference: 197/2003 - Date: 8 Jul 2003 14:31) announced that the ACMD recommendations on paraphernalia supply had been accepted, and that 'The Government will be laying a negative resolution statutory instrument to implement changes to section 9A of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971' with effect from 1/08/03. This will make legal the supply to drug users of '5 types of items':
ampoules of water for injection;
utensils for the preparation of a controlled drug (spoons, bowls, cups, dishes);
Exchange Supplies is an organisation with our roots in the provision of confidential drug services, and we absolutely understand the need for discretion in the outer packaging of our goods when shipping to individual customers.
If you tick the discreet packaging tick box your order will be shipped in plain packaging, looking just like any other mail order package. There will be no branding, stickers, logos, or stamps on the outside that would enable someone to guess what the contents are. For UK orders we usually use Royal Mail tracked service as this is likely to draw less attention than an orange TNT lorry.
Overseas orders will have a label on the outside containing a customs notification declaring the contents.
Exchange Supplies is an organisation with its foundations in the provision of confidential healthcare to a patient group who care more about their confidentiality than any other - injecting drug users.
So you know we really mean it when we say we take your privacy, and right to confidentiality, very seriously. We dispatch goods to individuals in plain packaging.
We do, of course, collect information about you when you give it to us on the phone or through the website. When placing an order you will be required to supply your credit card or bank details but these will only be stored until your order has been despatched. We can only access these again by logging onto a secure server to assist us should there be a dispute with your payment. We respect your privacy and will not divulge data you supply to us for payment and delivery of goods without your permission, all data is stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
Please note that we are required by the carriers to give the mobile number and email address you supply to them. They may share this with the customs authorities in your country.
We have taken all reasonable care to protect your data and our system. Of course, if someone were to break into our password protected system and steal or corrupt data, that is a criminal act, and they would be liable for their actions and not us.
Exchange Supplies returns policy
By placing an order online, you are committing to buy the products you have selected.
If we supply you with incorrect (or faulty) goods please get in touch straight away so we can correct our mistake and supply the correct product(s).
Your assistance in returning the goods sent in error will be required, and we will, of course, cover the agreed associated shipping costs. We will normally arrange collection, or ask you to post the goods back by recorded delivery. If you choose to return goods using any other method, we reserve the right to only refund what it would have cost us to arrange collection by our courier.
If after delivery you want to cancel the order, please contact us so we can discuss the practical arrangements for returning the goods. We are an ethical business, and strive to offer the highest levels of customer service, but we have to reserve the right, at our discretion, to:
charge a restocking fee
not refund outbound carriage costs (based on the actual cost to us)
make you pay for return of the goods in a saleable condition.
Exchange Supplies terms & conditions for customers, and use of our website and its contents
The price payable for the goods is that as set out at the time you place your order and should coincide with those prices listed within the website. VAT, where applicable, is included in all prices displayed online. We reserve the right to adjust these prices without warning or prior notice. Errors and Omissions are unlikely because the webshop is integrated with our accounts system, but we have to stipulate that they are excepted (E&OE).
Some customers are exempt from VAT, the prices given in a web order may still show VAT, however, this will be deducted prior to dispatch.
We strongly recommend that you use a delivery address that is generally occupied during normal working hours (Monday to Friday, 09.00 to 17.30). If we have to organise redirection of your goods once dispatched, or pay for the goods to be returned to us, we reserve the right to pass on any additional costs to you.
We will not be liable for any return postage costs unless the goods are dispatched faulty or the incorrect items are sent to you.
If you are unhappy with any goods we supply, please call us on 01305 262244 and we will endeavour to resolve your complaint quickly.
Your order will not be dispatched until we have received clearance from your credit card company.
If all or any of your order is not ready for dispatch we will not take any money from you until the goods are ready to go.
Please also see our returns, privacy and delivery policies.
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