Legislation introduced to cover safe needle disposal

August 13, 2007

The bills would provide for Medicare reimbursement, under Part D, for the safe and effective disposal of used needles and syringes through a sharps-by-mail or similar program.

A House of Representatives bill (3251) and a Senate bill (1909) entitled "Medicare Safe Needle Disposal Coverage Act of 2007" have been introduced by Rep. Mike Ferguson (R, N.J.) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R, Ga.). The bills would provide for Medicare reimbursement, under Part D, for the safe and effective disposal of used needles and syringes through a sharps-by-mail or similar program. Sharps Compliance Corp. and subsidiaries, providers of medical waste disposal solutions for industry and consumers, applauded the introduction of this legislation, which is intended to reduce the number of accidental injuries, infections, and subsequent costs associated with the improper disposal of approximately four million needles generated daily by Medicare-covered diabetes patients.

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