For diabetics.. Your guide to using insulin pens correctly

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — Some people with diabetes undergo treatment by using insulin pens. However, most of them do not know the correct way to use and store them, which must be followed to ensure health safety.

And the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population, through its official account on the “Facebook” website, published 7 steps to store and use insulin pens correctly, as follows:

The pen is not stored with an attached needle
Follow the storage instructions on the packaging that came with the insulin
Unopened pens can be stored in the refrigerator until ready to use
Store the insulin pen in a cool, dry place (between 2-8°C)
Do not leave the insulin pen in direct sunlight
Dispose of frozen pens or those exposed to temperatures above 30°C
Keep the pen in a cool box when traveling

And the Food and Drug Authority in Saudi Arabia published, on its official website, some warnings when using insulin pens.. What are the most prominent of them?

Never share your insulin pen or syringe with other people, even if the needle has been changed, to prevent serious infection
Do not use insulin needles, pens, or syringes after the expiry date which is stated on the label, packaging, or outer wrappers of the pens.
Keep all insulin pens and needles in a safe place out of children’s reach
Follow instructions on where and how to safely dispose of used pens and needles to avoid infection or health risks
Dispose of needles immediately after use by placing them in a tightly closed, rigid container, or request anti-puncture containers from your health care provider
Don’t throw used needles in your regular household wastebaskets
Stick to a warning label that shows what’s inside the package
Place the used needle container out of the reach of children

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