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Specialty Medication Storage and Disposal

It’s important that you and your caregivers handle your medications and supplies safely to stay as healthy as possible.

Medication Storage

For you and your household’s safety, remember to:

  • Keep all medications and supplies out of the reach of children and pets
  • Avoid having your medications and supplies around household or food items
  • If your medication needs to be kept in the refrigerator, put it on a clean shelf or drawer


Waste Disposal

Safely dispose of any medical waste. This includes needles, bandages, surgical tools and glassware.

  • Do not recap needles after injections
  • Keep a rigid, puncture-proof, leak-proof container close by for easy disposal of syringes and needles
  • Store the container upright and keep out of reach of children
  • When the container is full, seal lid with tape or glue
  • Dispose of the full container according to local laws

Please do not send the container back to CVS Specialty. To dispose of the container the right way, follow your county or city regulations. If you need more information on how to dispose of medical waste in your area, contact your local Department of Public Health agency.

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Preventing Infections

Always wash your hands before preparing for an injection to prevent infection. Follow these steps:

  • Use soap and warm water to wash your hands
  • Rub your hands together to make a lather. Be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  • Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds—this is about the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song, twice
  • Rinse your hands under running water then dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use paper towel to turn off the faucet.
  • If you cannot find soap and water, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Rub the sanitizer all over your hands—including under your nails and between your fingers—until your hands are dry.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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