At Sanofi U.S., we recognize the importance of proper disposal of sharps and medications 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 relating to proper disposal of products to help you in your search.
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 place at risk.
Protecting the public from improper disposal of sharps has become an increasingly important issue and 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 Medicines:
Keep medicine in its original container. Use a heavy marker or other item to completely cover personal information on prescription bottles.
Mix liquid medicine with undesirable substances like coffee grinds, cat litter, or dirt. Dilute pills with water, and then add coffee grinds, cat litter, or dirt.
Place bottles in an opaque container, like a yogurt container, with a secure lid; or wrap them in a dark colored plastic bag.
Hide the container in the trash.
Do NOT recycle.
Do NOT dispose of medication down the drain or toilet.
Do NOT keep excess or expired medication around the home.
Keep all medications out of reach of children.
More information is available on the internet, we suggest starting with a, visit to these websites:
Center for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/needledisposal/
Food and Drug Administration Guidance: How to Dispose of Unused Medicines
White House Guidance: Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs
SmaRxt Disposal: Responsible Medication Disposal Safeguards Lives and Protects the Environment
You may also try searching your state or municipal website for additional information or requirementsrelating to disposal of medications or sharps.
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