Medication vials should always be discarded whenever sterility is compromised or questionable.
In addition, the following recommendations are made for handling of single-dose or single-use vials:
- If a single-dose or single-use vial has been opened or accessed (e.g., needle punctured) the vial should be discarded according to the time the manufacturer specifies for the opened vial or at the end of the case/procedure for which it is being used, whichever comes first. It should not be stored for future use.
- If a single-dose or single-use vial has not been opened or accessed (e.g., needle punctured), it should be discarded according to the manufacturer's expiration date.