Health officials say Ozempic and Wegovy needles should be disposed of properly

Semaglutide medications, including Ozempic and Wegovy, have become extremely popular. According to a Gallup poll, 6% of American adults have tried the injectable weight-loss drugs and 3% are currently using them.

Both medications are injected weekly using pre-filled pens. Doctors say it is important for people to know how to properly dispose of the needles after the medications have been administered.

The needles cannot simply be thrown in the trash or recycling bin or flushed down the toilet.

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According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, the general rule of thumb is to dispose of needles in a sturdy plastic household container.

In many areas, needles, such as those used to inject Ozempic and Wegovy, can be disposed of in a sturdy container, such as a coffee can or laundry detergent bottle. (iStock)

Ideally, this should be a needle container that is puncture-resistant, like those found in doctors' offices, the agency advises.

If that's not possible, people may be able to dispose of needles with household products, depending on local regulations, according to the Lifespan Health System website.

If you use a household item, such as a coffee can or detergent bottle, it should be sturdy and have a tight-fitting lid to keep the needles safely contained.

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In some states, you can throw the sturdy container in the trash, while in other states you must take the needles to a waste management facility where they will be properly destroyed.

However, according to Joseph Wendelken, public information officer for the Rhode Island Department of Health, the rules are similar in most states.

A person throwing a garbage bag into the trash can

Experts advise that you familiarize yourself with local regulations regarding needle disposal to ensure you take the appropriate precautions. (iStock)

“In Rhode Island, you would put needles in a sharps container,” he told Fox News Digital. “That's ideal, and you can just put them in a dark trash bag.”

To ensure needles are disposed of properly, the FDA recommends contacting your local waste collection agency or health department to verify official recommendations.

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Novo Nordisk, manufacturer of both Ozempic and Wegovy, also offers a Drug Disposal Program, where consumers can order a sharps container or medication return container from the company's website.

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Ozempic was approved in 2017 to help patients manage type 2 diabetes. Along with a good diet and exercise, it can help regulate blood sugar levels and may aid in weight loss, but the drug has not yet been officially approved for that purpose.

Bottles for detergent

Certain state regulations allow needles to be disposed of in sturdy containers, such as a laundry detergent container. (iStock)

The drug has received a lot of attention in the media as many celebrities, including Sharon Osborne, have spoken openly about their use of the product for weight loss.

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Wegovy was approved by the FDA in June 2021 for weight loss and weight management, intended for obese patients aged 12 years and older.

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To ensure safety, experts advise following proper procedures when disposing of needles. If you are unsure of the guidelines in your area, consult your local health department.

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