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From North Richland Hills, Texas, USA:

I have come across a few unused needles that have moisture in them, and I throw those away! How can a person tell if a needle is contaminated?


Contamination of new syringes is a remote occurrence. All syringes will have slight moisture in them because they contain a lubricant to make the barrel slide more smoothly. I would express any excess moisture and go ahead and use the syringes.


[Editor's comment: You could show a syringe that has this problem to the pharmacist. He/she can contact the manufacturer and see if there's a problem with a particular production batch or lot. WWQ]

[Editor's comment: After polling several members of the D-Team, the consensus seems to be to return these syringes to your pharmacy or call the manufacturer for further advice. SS]

Original posting 7 Dec 2001
Posted to Blood Tests and Insulin Injections


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