Reason / Information:
Informational / Vaccine / Action Required / Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division is issuing a new beyond-use labeling guidance. Reason: Change in storage requirements for Biothrax multi-dose vial (MDV)
NOTE: The beyond-use-date refers to the date after which an opened multi-dose vial should not be used, and is written or placed on a multi-dose vial by the individual opening the vial.
Disposition / Instructions:
--Immediately begin marking vials of Biothrax with a 28-day beyond-use date at the time of first puncture.
--If the expiration date on the vial is shorter than 28 days from first puncture, mark the beyond-use date as the vial expiration date.
--Discard any open Biothrax vials if an accurate 28-day beyond-use date cannot be established (i.e. the user does not know the exact date the vial was first punctured).
--No revaccination of personnel is required as a result of this new requirement.
--For clinical questions pertaining to this change contact Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare at 1-800-GET-VACC (1-877-438-8222) Option 1; DSN 761-4245.