Learn About Sharps Disposal
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Shire is committed to simplifying the process of obtaining GATTEX® with a multifaceted support program, OnePath®. Through OnePath, patients receive personal, dedicated service to help navigate obtaining and receiving treatment with GATTEX.
OnePath Case Managers notify GATTEX network specialty infusion pharmacies when GATTEX is prescribed for a patient. After GATTEX is delivered to the patient’s home, a home visit is scheduled for a nurse to conduct injection training, provide education about proper needle and syringe disposal, review the Medication Guide and ensure that the patient is aware of available resources. Also, the nurse disseminates patient resources about GATTEX including:
- Prescribing Information
- Instructions for Use (IFU)
- Medication Guide
- Patient Demonstration Kit
- Administration Video
- Patient and Caregiver Counseling Guide
- How GATTEX Works Brochure
Patients are cautioned against the reuse of needles and syringes and they are provided education about disposal procedures. Patients are provided the following instructions:
- Do not reuse a syringe or needle.
- To help avoid needle-stick injuries, do not recap a needle.
- Put your needles and syringes in an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container right away after use. Do not throw away (dispose of) loose needles and syringes in your household trash.
- If you do not have an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container, you may use a household container that is:
• made of heavy-duty plastic • can be closed with a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid, without sharp items being able to come out • upright and stable during use • leak-resistant • properly labeled to warn of hazardous waste inside the container
- When your sharps disposal container is almost full, you will need to follow your community guidelines for the right way to dispose of your sharps disposal container. There may be local or state laws about how to throw away syringes and needles. For more information about safe sharps disposal, and for specific information about sharps disposal in the state that you live in, go to the FDA’s website at: http://www.fda.gov/safesharpsdisposal.
- Do not dispose of your sharps disposal container in your household trash unless your community guidelines permit this. Do not recycle your sharps disposal container.
- Throw away the GATTEX vial into the container where you put the syringes and needles.
If you have any questions, talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Patients who have additional questions or would like to receive copies of the patient resources can contact OnePath at