FDA Safety Warning: Medications Stored in Becton-Dickinson (BD) Syringes

Recently, BD Medical announced to their customers that their oral plastic syringes are not FDA-cleared for storage of compounded pharmaceuticals or for the purpose of repackaging liquid medications.  Storing medications in BD syringes has been shown to reduce their potency due to a drug interaction with the rubber stopper found in certain lots of syringes.  Affected sizes include 1mL, 3mL, 5mL, 10mL, 20mL and 30mL.  BD oral syringes may continue to be used for immediate administration purposes only.   When the intention is storing compounded or repackaged medication, alternate oral syringes are recommended.

In response to this warning, Enclara Pharmacia has moved completely to NeoMed syringes for storage and for administration.  The product used prior by Enclara Pharmacia was Exactamed that differs from NeoMed in available sizes and color of syringe cap as follows:

Former product, ExactamedSizes – 1mL, 3mL, 5mL, 10mL;  Cap color – Blue

New product, NeoMed:  Sizes – 1mL, 3mL, 6mL, 12mL;  Cap color – Orange

For more information on this FDA warning, please click here to review.