Improperly Discarded *Sharps* Can Be Dangerous
MedSun: Newsletter #67, December 2011

FDA Consumer Update

Many people use needles, syringes and lancets - called "sharps" - to manage their medical conditions at home. These conditions include diabetes, allergies, infertility, arthritis, hepatitis, HIV, blood clotting disorders, migraines and cancer. Sharps are also used to give medication to pets and farm animals. Unfortunately, many sharps used outside of a doctor’s office or hospital are thrown in the household trash, and that’s hazardous. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created a new web section with information about the safe disposal of needles and other sharps.

Additional Information:

FDA Consumer Update. Improperly Discarded 'Sharps' Can Be Dangerous. November 8, 2011.
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm278763.htm


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