From February 1st 2016 all pharmacies will have a bin for receiving used sharps, provided they are in a suitable “sharps” container.
Additionally, all pharmacies will have access to 1.4L sharps containers to sell to their customers but are free to set the price for these so there may be some variation in cost.
This arrangement has come about through collaboration between the metro Auckland DHBs: Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitemata.
Diabetes NZ Auckland is delighted at this progress as easier, safe disposal of sharps has been an issue for many years. Diabetes NZ Auckland has lobbied for this service to be in place for many years. More recently Diabetes New Zealand has championed this issue on behalf of all people with diabetes in New Zealand.
“Sharps” include insulin syringes, needles for insulin pens, insulin pump needles/cannulas and the lancets used for “finger-pricking”.
Used testing strips do not need to go into a “sharps container” but should be disposed of responsibly in household rubbish.
If you have sharps in a suitable “sharps” container and still encounter problems with a metro – Auckland pharmacy receiving them, please contact Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch in the first instance on 622 0551/0508 342238.