Reflection on FDA Guidance on Filliing of Medication Vials

Steve Langan, director of HONOReform, shares recent FDA guidance on medication vials
Steve Langan, director of HONOReform, shares recent FDA guidance on medication vials

Thank you to Dr. Tom McKnight for sharing his experience last week in the blog post titled “Summertime and Safe Injections.” From what we have learned from nurses, techs, office administration and nursing students, some providers and others insist, subtly or directly, on not “wasting” any medication. Sadly, regrettably, using medication from single-dose vials more than one time is a widespread practice, and so is the misuse of the multi-dose vial.

We are grateful to FDA for this clear response on overfilling vials. It’s a helpful document to include in HONOReform’s ongoing advocacy work. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child; we are finding that it takes a village to raise a body of knowledge regarding safe injections. FDA and CDC and others have taken a clear stand on virtually all aspects of injection safety.

We encourage all health care workers to join us. We invite all patients to always ask for a safe injection. And we thank Tom McKnight for demonstrating that patient safety must be, in all settings, the uppermost concern.

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