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Becton Dickinson makes move towards single-use sharps in UK:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Becton Dickinson (BD) is withdrawing its reusable Vacutainer needle holder from the UK market "to reduce the risk of needlestick injury and cross contamination of patient blood", the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) reports. BD is replacing it with the single-use version (in clear plastic, as opposed to the yellow reusable version). This should now be used for a single venepuncture and then disposed of, along with the needle, in a sharps container, warns the MHRA alert, adding that any remaining yellow holders are to be used as single-use devices. BD ceased to take orders for the reusable holder from June 25 2004; distributor stocks were expected to run out by the end of August.

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