Our nurses are in disagreement with our pharmacy policy that "opened multidose medication vials will be discarded by the manufacturer expiration date- unless the practicioner suspects contamination"-
I thought that once a vial was opened- especially insulin- it loses its potency after 30 days...
We have a 10 ml vial of Compazine on our cart that expires in 2004!! That really bothers me that it could be used for so long- especially if used infrequently...
Am I crazy?
What is your policy?
Jun 8, '01
The policy here is to discard after 3 months from date of opening multidose vials. That is the JCAHO standard.
Last edit by fiestynurse on Jun 26, '01