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Merck Denmark joins Novo Nordisk's injection pen recycling campaign

Merck Denmark’s used fertility injection pens can be handed in for recycling in the future, as the company joins the program Novo Nordisk launched in 2020 to recycle insulin pens.

Photo: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Novo Nordisk produces over 700 million insulin pens for people with diabetes per year, and Merck has a large production of injection pens used in fertility treatment.

Up to now, pens have usually been discarded and then incinerated after use, but it is a waste of resources when injection pens are thrown out with other pharmaceutical waste, and incineration incurs a climate cost.

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