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Hi,
For those using Forteo - how do you dispose of the empty pen and the used needles? I've ended up throwing the empty pens in the garbage but the used needles are piling up in my house. I've got them in the empty Citracal bottles and I want to get rid of them. The hospital didn't give me one of those red plastic containers to use and return. Any replies to this would be helpful. Thanks
I haven't done this yet, because I'm only on the drug for under two weeks, but my doctor said that whenever I go to any doctor for something, I should bring them and just say I have something to dispose of in the sharps container.

(Right now I've got mine in a deli container with a lid.) I was wondering if my local lab, where I had the blood/urine tests done would take them, but it seemed kind of nervy to walk in and ask if I could dispose of my needles there. I guess, for now, I'll wait til my next doctor's appointment for anything. I'm due in a few months for my 6 mo. gynecological checkup. Maybe he'll be the lucky soul to get my sharps.
[QUOTE=taape]Hi,
For those using Forteo - how do you dispose of the empty pen and the used needles? I've ended up throwing the empty pens in the garbage but the used needles are piling up in my house. I've got them in the empty Citracal bottles and I want to get rid of them. The hospital didn't give me one of those red plastic containers to use and return. Any replies to this would be helpful. Thanks[/QUOTE]


I purchased a red needle container from the drugstore. I have been putting needles in it for seven months and it is still not full. I asked the pharmacist about how to dispose of the container and he did not know. I will try calling a county or state agency and asking them. I also just put the used pens in the trash.
Whenever I have a sick animal which needs injectable meds, my vet gives me a sharps container to dispose of the needles. It contains some dry powder in it that I believe is plaster of paris. When the container is full, you add water, shake it up, and let it set. The needles are lodged in the hardened plaster, making it safe to throw in the trash. Seems like that would be pretty easy to make yourself.
Hi taape.....
When I first started Forteo, I bought a Sharps needle disposal container that holds about 300 of the little pen needles. When full, you put the lid on and seal it where it is permanently locked. It says to dispose of properly which I assumed meant throw in the trash! There's no further instructions. The needles are so tiny, they would be useless for drug addicts to use. Also, the container is sturdy enough that a needle shouldn't go through and stick the garbage collectors. I just throw the old pen in the trash also. When my insurance changed to a different mail order pharmacy, Forteo is on their Specialty Drug list so whenever I send in my prescription, they send a Sharps container, a box of 100 needles, alcohol packets and three Forteo pens. You can't beat that! The needles, Sharps container and alcohol pads are freebies. I'm sooo thankful that I have insurance.

Oldbones
Ask at your local pharmacy. I am on weekly B12 injections. My local pharmacy will take needles and dispose of them. I wasn't given a Sharps container so I keep them in a used butter container with cover.

I've also taken them to my local hospital and asked to put them in their Sharps containers when I've happened to be going there.
Does anyone know a diabetic who has to take insulin shots? If anyone should know the proper way to dispose of the needles, it would be a diabetic. I think our Forteo needles may even be smaller than an insulin needle. At least we don't have to worry about disposing of a syringe with every injection. :)

Oldbones





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