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Disposal of Sharps
The safe disposal of unused medicines includes "sharps." Sharps are medical implements such as needles, syringes, injection devices, and lancets. Disposing of sharps the wrong way can cause needle stick and injury that may result in the transmission of disease. In many countries, and in some states in the U.S., used sharps are considered "biohazard waste" and must be handled and thrown out separately from the household trash.
In particular, we aim to:
- Provide the framework for how to manage a wide range of sharps according to local disposal regulations.
Notable actions we undertake in managing sharps disposal include:
- Providing one-on-one information to all self-injecting patients for all of our self-injected products in the U.S.
- Providing information to patients to help them understand how to safely dispose of their injection devices, and the state and local requirements for sharps disposal in the U.S.
- Providing patients with multiple options to get sharps disposal questions answered, and get assistance in finding a local disposal option.
- Innovating by offering safer injection devices and reducing the number of sharps needed to administer its medicines.
- Supporting the Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal and its efforts to ensure patients can find the latest information on local, regional and state sharps disposal programs.