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COVID-19 has impacted lives, healthcare systems, the pharmaceutical industry, and pharmaceutical packaging organizations, world-wide. The resultant treatments, therapies, and vaccines that are administered by injection bring to mind a long-term safety concern – needle-stick injuries. A way to address this concern is with safety systems.
Safety systems are used in packaging, delivery, and use of pre-filled syringes to provide protection for healthcare workers. According to Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), globally two million healthcare workers per year (of approximately 35 million total) suffer accidental needle-stick injuries1. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that use of safety systems could reduce sharps-related injuries in hospitals by 60-88% 2.
This issue has been recognized by regulatory bodies in many countries. Laws, regulatory guidelines, and best practices have been, and continue to be, established to help reduce incidences of needle-stick injuries, thereby helping to reduce exposure to diseases like hepatitis A, B, and C, and HIV.
The World Health Organization (WHO) urges countries to transition by 2020 to the exclusive use of “smart syringes” that have features that prevent re-use4.
West is aware of these issues and has taken steps to address them through the design and manufacture of safety systems for prefilled syringes, namely the NovaGuard® SA Pro Safety System. Fitted onto a 1mL Long ISO syringe, after injection is completed, depression of the plunger rod isolates the needle with the descent of a protective sleeve. The NovaGuard SA Pro Safety System has been rigorously tested to demonstrate:
Check out our technical report in the Knowledge Center, TR 2017/180: NovaGuard SA Pro Safety System Summary of Design Verification Testing, to learn more.
Features of the NovaGuard SA Pro Safety System include:
NovaGuard is a registered trademark of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., in the United States and other jurisdictions.
Take an in-depth look at the science behind containment & delivery of injectable medicines in the West Knowledge Center.