Walgreens, Novo Nordisk to Provide Free Needle Collection & Disposal Systems

Published Online: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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For individuals with chronic conditions including diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and allergies who routinely use injectable medicines, proper sharps disposal is often inconvenient. To address that concern, Walgreens and Novo Nordisk Inc are partnering to offer Sharps Compliance Corp’s Complete Needle Collection & Disposal System at no charge during National Diabetes Month.

Patients can purchase the system at any Walgreens nationwide from Oct. 23 through Nov. 19 and receive a rebate form at the register for the $4.99 cost of the system. For individuals who are concerned with environmentally-responsible disposal, the receipt will also include the Novo Nordisk sponsorship redemption coupon for the free return postage and incineration of the container and needles (a $20 value).

“Patients who self-inject medications at home often ask our pharmacists how and where they can dispose of their needles safely,” said Suzanne Hansen, group vice president of pharmacy operations at Walgreens, in a statement. “This system offers customers safe and easy needle disposal, as well as an option for the eco-conscious. This is another way we’re offering support to people with chronic conditions, making it easier for them to live well, get well and stay well.”

“Insulin is a very effective way to manage diabetes, and patients managing their diabetes through injections should easily be able to dispose of their needles properly. Having a convenient disposal system can give them peace of mind, knowing they’re protecting their family and community,” commented Phil Fornecker, corporate vice president, strategic business operations of Novo Nordisk, Inc. “Offering patients this option is based on our knowledge as a diabetes company that patients are looking for ways that support their daily routines managing this serious disease.”

The Complete Needle Collection & Disposal System, developed by Sharps Compliance, offers patients a cost-effective and safe way to contain sharps, with convenient pick-up and removal services provided by the US Postal Service. When full, the system can be provided to a mail carrier or a pick-up can be scheduled on request either by phone or online. Patients can obtain the collection and disposal system for their needles, syringes or other injection devices when they pick up their prescriptions at any Walgreens location. This promotion is provided through an agreement between Walgreens and Novo Nordisk.

For more information about how it works or to redeem your code, visit www.completeneedle.com or call 1-888-988-8859.
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