The safety hazards of reconstituting toxic drugs has been addressed by Baxa, who have launched a dual purpose needle that prevents environmental contamination that can occur during the process of changing needles.
The CyTwo-Fer needle, features a modified hub design that provides vented access to vials or non-vented access to IV bags, performing the work of two devices.
The needle's 16-gauge stainless steel cannula with a Huber point for smooth and safe vial access, without the coring often associated with plastic spike devices. The Huber point also allows users to direct liquid flow into the vial to reduce foaming during admixture.
Designed to prevent environmental contamination during cytotoxic drug reconstitution, the CyTwo-Fer Needle has a 0.2-micron vent filter, allowing safe vial reconstitution, aspiration and subsequent injection of drugs into bags or other IV delivery devices.
This filtered vent balances air pressure in the vial or container for fast and easy liquid addition and removal, minimising the risk of upper limb disorder. Finger grips and a tethered cap also facilitate ease of use.
Chris Scott, UK sales manager for Baxa told In-Pharmatechnologist.com: "The needles are a revision of a design that was withdrawn from the market four years ago due to problems with the seals and filters."
"We have not only solved this problem but made improvements to the overall design including increasing the gauge and needle size."
Scott mentioned that the company had built up a loyal UK customer base, which was a market that proved more popular than in the US. The withdrawal and relaunch, complete with revised design, is aiming to regain the majority of that market again.
With this dual-purpose needle, Baxa makes the reconstitution process safer for technicians handling hazardous drugs, its high-flow vent filter traps harmful aerosol particles during reconstitution. It is a product that is aimed at hospitals, in particular, for chemotherapy treatment.
Scott added: "The CyTwo-Fer needles are a unique design, updated to meet the needs of our customers. I don't think you can realistically compare it to anything that is currently on the market."
CyTwo-Fer Needles are available for sale now in Europe, directly through Baxa or through dealer representatives.