In the United States, the administration of drugs through intravenous or intramuscular injection (parenterally) has been consistently rising since the 1990s. These injections are being performed not only through the traditional method of drawing a fluid from a vial or ampoule into a syringe through a hypodermic needle at the time of administration, but also through prefilled syringes. A doctor or nurse filling a syringe just before use can be a time-consuming process that can also increase the likelihood of incorrect dosage or the patient and medical professional being exposed to a caustic or otherwise harmful substance.
Prefilled syringes not only address drug and device manufacturers' concerns about drug overfill but also customers' increasing concerns over patient safety and increasing procedural costs. Prefilled syringes are convenient and cost-effective devices that can be easily stored and disposed of, and they increase the likelihood of the drug being sterile and having the proper dosage, which is becoming an increasingly important factor as newer high-potency, longer-lasting drugs are being used across the medical industry.