Millions of people with chronic conditions including diabetes, autoimmune diseases and allergies routinely use injectable medicines, yet sometimes proper sharps disposal is often inconvenient. To address that concern, Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (NASDAQ: WAG) and diabetes leader, Novo Nordisk, Inc. (NYSE: NVO) have teamed up to provide a free Complete Needle™ Collection & Disposal System during National Diabetes Month.
Customers 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 customers 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, Walgreens group vice president of pharmacy operations. “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.”
Not only can the Complete Needle™ Collection & Disposal System (patent pending), developed by Sharps Compliance (NASDAQ: SMED), offer patients a cost-effective and safe way to contain sharps, convenient pick-up and removal services are provided by the U.S. 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 this 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 a special arrangement between Walgreens and Novo Nordisk.