Stericycle, through an exclusive Canadian agreement with UltiMed Inc., is pleased to offer UltiCare® Pen Needles in the innovative UltiGuard system – an easy to use, safer alternative for using and disposing of pen needles.

Billions of injections occur in a home setting each year and disposing of needles properly is critical to avoiding accidents. The UltiGuard® Safe Pack is an easy way to keep your household protected from potential needle stick injuries and the environment protected from contaminated needles in the waste stream.

The unique Pop, Drop, and Roll system allows you to safely dispense and dispose of pen needles in one easy-to-use unit. The UltiGuard® Safe Pack allows you to easily access the premium quality needles and dispose of them properly. Each UltiGuard safe pack contains 100 premium quality pen needles. Once a needle has been used you simply pop it in the top, drop, and roll it safely out the way.

To order, take this information sheet to your local pharmacy.

Patient Sharps Therapy Waste and Sharps Injuries

  • Approximately 9 million Canadians have diabetes or pre-diabetes1.
  • Diabetes is a contributing factor in the deaths of approximately 41,500 Canadians each year2.
  • There are approximately 70,000 needle stick injuries per year in Canada3.
  • The approximate cost of a needle stick injury is $2000 dollars per injury (for testing and treatment)4.

A typical contaminated syringe can carry more than 20 viruses. Accidental needle sticks can result in:

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Other blood-borne diseases

What Happens to Regulated Medical Waste

What Happens to My Sharps Once I Dispose of Them?

Used sharps are placed in sharps containers. Once these containers reach the fill mark (or in the case of UltiCare® Pen Needles, all pen needles have been used) the sharps container can be returned to your local pharmacy. Yellow sharps containers are used for non-cytotoxic biomedical waste and red sharps containers are used for cytotoxic biomedical waste.

Stericycle manages the safe collection, treatment and disposal of sharps containers returned to pharmacies across Canada.

1. Canadian Diabetes Association, http://www.diabetes.ca/diabetes-and-you/what/facts
2. Canadian Diabetes Association, http://www.diabetes.ca/diabetes-and-you/what/prevalence/
3. http://www.longwoods.com/content/17907
4. Alliance for Sharps Safety and Needlestick Prevention, -2002. “Improving Canadian Health Care Worker Safety: The Case for Mandatory Implementation of Safety-Engineered Sharps Devices and Exposure Control Plans.”

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