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The Effects of Ozone and Various Sterilization Techniques on Elastomeric Rubber Shields and Tip Caps

Various needle shields/tip caps were exposed to ozone for different times and varying sterilization processes to determine any effects on the elastomers.
Cracking of elastomeric needle shields and tip caps is a costly problem for pharmaceutical manufacturers. Cracked components can cause leaks that can result in loss of drug potency and sterility and may lead to a safety risk for the person administering the drug and the patient.

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