« on: January 18, 2021, 12:51:10 pm »
Thanks, Cataceous. I really appreciate the help. I'm only going to put two weeks worth in the vial at a time, so no more than 3ml into a 5ml vial, and then replace the vial with a new one.
This is NOT medical advice. Talk to your doctor first.
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Wow, this all seems like a lot of unnecessary work, to me ...
Can't you just ask the pharmacy / doctor's office to not separate the original solution into separate syringes?
I bet if you made a big stink about it ... citing the safety / sterility problems mentioned above ...they would find a way to comply with your wishes / preferences ... no?
What the provider is doing is not ideal. Syringes are not intended to be used as storage containers for sterile medicines. At least the risks are probably low if the provider used good sterile technique in making the transfer, and the syringe materials are not susceptible to damage from the carrier oil or preservatives.
I don't see a problem in your transferring the testosterone solution to sterile vials if you also have good technique.
As background: It's likely that there will have been a small amount of contamination from the original syringe draw—assuming it wasn't done in a clean room and air was injected into their original vial. There are always microscopic dust particles around, and these can harbor bacteria. However, the testosterone solution should have a preservative, such as benzyl alcohol. While this doesn't kill the contaminating bacteria, it does prevent them from multiplying to dangerous levels.