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Researchers suggest not pre-filling certain medicine in needles

Researchers says the rubber stopper in these syringes could interact with the medicine and make it less potent. Researchers says the rubber stopper in these syringes could interact with the medicine and make it less potent.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The FDA says needles commonly known as Becton-Dickinson syringes should not be pre-filled with certain medications.

Researchers says the rubber stopper in these syringes could interact with the medicine and make it less potent.

A couple affected drugs that shouldn’t be pre-filled included morphine and methadone.

Pharmacist Steven Byrd says until a test is done on all drugs, the best precaution is to not pre-fill.

“Draw up your dose when you’re ready to get it," Byrd said. "You don’t want to pre-fill any syringes that way you can’t possibly have enough time in the syringes if you give it right away when you draw it up.”

Byrd says another thing that could affect the potency of drugs is using the same syringes.

He suggests making sure you change syringes whenever it’s time to use a new one.

"Double check, measure twice, give the dose once," Byrd said.

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