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Patient Information Regarding Disposal of Sharps Waste



Img not found At Sanofi U.S., we recognize the importance of proper disposal of sharps for patients and for the environment. Patients are at the heart of our activities, and this includes assisting patients looking for resources containing information on how to better use and dispose of our products. Sanofi U.S. has gathered information and guidance from external sources to help you understand the proper disposal of sharps.

Improper disposal of medicines and sharps, such as throwing sharps unprotected into the trash, can be dangerous to patients and others who may unknowingly be placed at risk. Protecting the public from improper disposal of sharps has become an increasingly important issue. Several states have passed or are considering legislation to make it illegal to dispose of sharps in household trash.


What is a sharp?

A sharp is generally any hypodermic needle, pen needle, intravenous needle, lancet, or other device used to penetrate the skin to assist in assessment or treatment of a condition or delivery of
medication.


Proper Disposal of Sharps

Used sharps should be placed in sharps containers and taken to appropriate collection sites that may include doctors’ offices, hospitals, pharmacies, health departments, fire stations or other locations.

Call your local solid waste department or public health department for information on correct sharps disposal locations in your area. These may be referred to as drop boxes or supervised collection sites.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if they offer disposal, or if they know of safe disposal programs in the area.

Visit the States page of EPA's Wastes Web site for links to state health and solid waste/sanitation department contacts.

Visit the Center for Disease Control's Safe Community Needle Disposal which provides state-by-state and territory-by-territory summaries of the laws and regulations affecting the labeling, transportation, and disposal of used needles and other sharps in the community.

If you are still having difficulty finding the right method of disposal that works for you, you may want to look into:
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Mail-Back Program
In California, we offer a mail-back program free to patients on our medicines. Patients place their used sharps in special containers and return the container by mail to a collection site for proper disposal. Containers will be sent to you at no cost and will include return postage for disposal.
The following products are included in this program: Adlyxin® (lixisenatide), Admelog® (insulin lispro injection), Apidra® (insulin glulisine [rDNA origin] injection), Enoxaparin Sodium Injection, Lantus® (insulin glargine injection), Lovenox® (enoxaparin sodium injection), Praluent® (alirocumab), Soliqua® 100/33 (insulin glargine and lixisenatide injection), Toujeo® (insulin glargine injection).

Please see full Prescribing Information, including boxed WARNING for Enoxaparin Sodium Injection and Lovenox.

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