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Your auto-injector must be stored correctly. Now, different auto-injectors will have different temperature ranges that they can be kept under, and different requirements. So you need to make sure what the storage is for your particular unit. You can get this information from the manufacturer's website, or from our site, or also from your pharmacist or doctor. Now, generally speaking, all auto-injectors have got to be in set temperature ranges. You can't allow them to freeze, you can't allow them to be extreme temperatures. 

When we're looking at extremes of temperature it's very easy to get the unit affected. Now most of them are pretty sturdy, but if you are looking at cold temperatures, and if you are going to put them into your coat pocket and you are just out in a very snowy day or frosty day, then you just look at what that minimum temperature is. At the other extreme, if you have one of these units and you leave it in the car on a hot sunny day, the temperature inside your car will get very very hot. So you may need to take special arrangements to keep the unit cooler. Maybe have an insulated storage box within your car, or maybe just put it in the boot. That way it's going to keep it a lot cooler. So check exactly with the manufacturers what those temperature extremes for your particular unit are.

Other requirements may be that they have to have a UV protecting case. Within the... This is the EpiPen unit, and it's got a special case that protects it from UV. So there's no chance of the sunlight actually directly affecting the drug. This is something that can break the quality of the drug down. So, keep the unit in whatever storage case it comes in. Jext has got its own storage case as of the Anapen. So each one of them has a case that keeps them protected from dust, from dirt, sunlight. But then you also need on your side to keep it protected from those extremes of temperature.

You need to take special precautions when you are disposing of your auto-injector. There are different times when you are going to need to dispose of it. One would be once you have actually used it, and the other one would be maybe it's out of date. If you have actually used an auto-injector, you should always give that to the paramedic or medical professional on the scene. That way they can tell you exactly what you have been given. Other times would be maybe the units out of date. With those, you would take it back to your pharmacists or doctor or hospital and they can dispose of it correctly. You do not put these just straight into the bins. It could be very very dangerous if a child got hold of one of these and then accidentally injected themselves.

There are other things you can use to dispose of used needles. These are some of them. This particular one here is a case which is for infectious waste and it will actually take a syringe. So you could actually take the whole unit, once it's been used, pop it inside, close the cap off, and that's sealed in place. With this one here, it does take more syringes, but generally speaking, you are only going to be delivering one or two. So, this is another way of disposing of them. But remember, these are for infectious waste and it might well be you just don't have access to this sort of container. If you have got one of these units and it's out of date, you must dispose of it correctly, and in most cases either take it to your doctor or pharmacist or if it's been used, you would then give it to the paramedics or medical professional on the scene.