Insulin storage/ needle management

Diabetes – insulin choices – Better Health Channel.

Storage of insulin
Unopened insulin vials or pen cartridges should be kept on their side in the refrigerator (between 2°C and 8°C), and away from the freezer or freezing coils. Once opened, insulin should be kept below either 25°C or 30°C (please refer to specific product information for the insulin that you use) and thrown away after 30 days, even if there is some insulin left.

Always check the expiry date and appearance of insulin before use. Insulin is destroyed when it has been exposed to direct sunlight, heat or allowed to freeze. In this case, it should not be used. Avoid leaving insulin in a car or any other place where the maximum recommended storage temperature will be exceeded.

Disposal of used syringes
Used syringes, pen needles and lancets must be disposed of in a sharps container that meets the Australian Safety Standards, is puncture proof and has a secure lid. These containers are usually yellow in colour and are available through pharmacies, councils and Diabetes Australia – Vic.

Procedures to dispose of sharps containers vary between the states and territories. Contact Diabetes Australia – Vic, your state government department of health or your local council for information.

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