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FDA alert: Becton-Dickinson syringes may degrade stored drugs

from Outpatient Surgery

If you're using compounded or repackaged drugs that have been stored in 3 ml or 5 ml syringes manufactured by Becton-Dickinson, stop — unless there's no suitable alternative. So says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, based on preliminary reports that a chemical reaction occurs when drugs interact with the syringes' rubber stoppers, and potency may degrade as a result. The Becton-Dickinson syringes have never been cleared as closed-container drug-storage systems, says the FDA, which has received several reports of drugs such as fentanyl, morphine and methadone losing potency when stored in the syringes. more

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