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mhatrw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 06:38 PM
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The CDC on single-dose vs. multi-dose vials of vaccines or any other medications
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Edited on Wed Jan-26-11 06:56 PM by mhatrw
http://www.cdc.gov/injectionsafety/patients/syringeReus...

A single-use vial is a bottle of liquid medication that is given to a patient through a needle and syringe. Single-use vials contains only one dose of medication and should only be used once for one patient, using a clean needle and clean syringe.

A multi-dose vial is a bottle of liquid medication that contains more than one dose of medication and is often used by diabetic patients or for vaccinations. A new, clean needle and clean syringe should always be used to access the medication in a multi-dose vial. Reuse of needles or syringes to access medication can result in contamination of the medicine with germs that can be spread to others when the medicine is used again.

Whenever possible, CDC recommends that single-use vials be used and that multi-dose vials of medication be assigned to a single patient to reduce the risk of disease transmission.


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All multi-dose vials also must contain a preservative by FDA mandate. All multi-dose flu vaccine vials contain the preservative thimerosal, which is about 50% mercury by weight. Single dose flu vaccinations contain either no thimerosal or else only trace amounts. So always follow the CDC's recommendation and request single-use syringes or vials of vaccines and other medications whenever possible.
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