How do you dispose of old insulin pens?

Can I recycle my insulin pens?

For people living with diabetes, their insulin pen is an essential daily companion. But even if an insulin pen consists of around 77% plastic, it cannot be thrown into the plastic recycling bin along with empty juice bottles and food packaging.

How do you dispose of an empty Lantus pen?

! Always discard the pen with the pen cap on. You can discard the pen in regular trash. Before opening, store Lantus in the refrigerator (36°F to 46°F).

Is expired insulin safe?

Using expired insulin is absolutely not recommended and should only be done if you have no other option. The effectiveness of insulin degrades over time and it’s impossible to predict how well expired insulin will work – or if it will even work at all!

How do you dispose of insulin pens in Canada?

The syringe or insulin pen, the cartridge of insulin or the insulin pump infusion set, test strips and alcohol swabs can be thrown away with household waste because they are not sharp objects.

How long can insulin be left unrefrigerated?

Insulin products contained in vials or cartridges supplied by the manufacturers (opened or unopened) may be left unrefrigerated at a temperature between 59°F and 86°F for up to 28 days and continue to work.

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How do you know when your insulin pen is empty?

Press the injection button. You should see a drop of insulin on the tip of the pen. If you do not see a drop, change the needle and repeat this step. If you do not see a drop after you repeat this step 3 times, use a new pen.

How do you dispose of insulin pens UK?

If you have diabetes, any used pens and cartridges (with the needles clipped off), vials and used test strips can be disposed of in your normal bin. Ask your Pharmacist which Sharps bin is best for you. NEVER share syringes or finger pricking devices.

How long are insulin pens good for after opening?

Vial: Once the vial is punctured, it is OPEN. Once you stick a needle in the vial, it is OPEN. OPEN vials can be stored in the fridge or at CONTROLLED room temperature. Regardless of where it is stored, OPEN insulin will only last 28 days before it must be thrown away.

Should I keep my insulin pen in the fridge?

Keep an insulin pen refrigerated until you open it; after that, you can store it at room temperature. Ask your doctor if your particular insulin has a shorter or longer lifespan. Some insulins must be used in as little as 10 days. If you suspect your insulin was ever frozen, you should not use it.