Shire Pharmaceuticals in the UK has reported a product defect with some of its Buccolam prefilled syringes. In a small number of cases, the translucent tip-cap has stayed on the syringe when the red cap is pulled off.
If the translucent tip-cap stays on the syringe it will stop the medicine entering the mouth. It could also lead to the tip-cap falling into the person’s mouth when pressure is applied to the syringe.
If you administer a Buccolam syringe to someone, you should check that the translucent tip-cap has come off before putting the syringe in the person’s mouth. If it hasn’t come off, you can remove it with your fingers.
Shire Pharmaceuticals is looking into how to fix this problem.