FIT Insulin Injection Day was observed in Delhi and other parts of the country, with the adoption of FIT2.0 India recommendations. Amongst other best practices, the recommendations emphasize safe disposal of insulin syringes and pen needles as a means to reduce environmental impact of modern diabetes management.
On this occasion, the advisory board members of Forum for Injection Technique (FIT) India propagated the message of GO GREEN STAY FIT in line with the article on Green Diabetology published in Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism,IJEM (Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Nov-Dec; 19(6): 698-700 emphasizing the urgent need for proper disposal of insulin delivery sharp devices.
As per the article, over 200 million insulin delivery devices are generated in India each year. Approximately 65 million Indians living with diabetes consume about 160 million insulin syringes and about 50 million pen needles annually, along with about 40 million syringes used for immunization. Most of these devices are disposed of under unsafe circumstances.
Apart from this, roughly 9.6 crore (96,000,000) vials, cartridges and prefills are consumed in a 12-month period (6.7 crore vials, 2.5 cartridge and 0.7 disposable pens), adding to the burden of glass and plastic on the environment.
The net amount of plastic generated from insulin syringes alone, each year is 600,000 kg. This excludes the plastic generated from more than 40 million pen needles used every year in India.