Magazine article Drug Topics

Jet Injectors Take a Hit

Magazine article Drug Topics

Jet Injectors Take a Hit

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VACCINE ADMINISTRATION

Although some retail pharmacy chains have purchased injector devices for influenza vaccines, they will not be able to use them, according to PDA guidance.

On October 21, 201 1, PDA issued a guidance stating that healthcare professionals should not be delivering influenza vaccines - or any other vaccines besides the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine - by jet injectors,

"The PDA has no data to support the safety or effectiveness of other vaccines delivered by jet injector. Currently, there is only 1 vaccine, MMR, that is approved for administrator by jet injector," the guidance stated.

Pharmacies that have spent thousands of dollars on jet injector devices were probably surprised by the recent guidance, said Philip P, Burgess, RPh, MBA, head of Phil Burgess Consulting in Chicago, Ill.

"There were select companies that really jumped on board with the whole injector process. They thought there was going to be less liability because of the concern for needle pricks, as well as attracting patients who are needle-phobic," said Burgess, who is also a member of Drug Topics' editorial advisory board.

The machines can cost up to $2,000 each, and some pharmacists and manufacturers believed the devices would be safer for pharmacists to use. …

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