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—We at Wyeth-Ayerst appreciate that Dr Reynolds has brought to our attention the fact that some health care providers are using the plastic tray in the Norplant system kit as a sterile field. As Dr Reynolds mentioned, an extra sterile drape is provided in the product kit for this purpose, and use of this drape as the sterile field is shown in all the audiovisual materials and in the package insert.As a result of this information, the instructors participating in the Norplant system instruction program have been notified of this unintended use of the plastic tray, and Wyeth-Ayerst has reemphasized the labeling recommendation to use the extra sterile drape provided as the sterile field. We have also contacted each health care provider who has participated in an instruction session where the plastic tray may have been incorrectly used as a sterile field. In addition, Wyeth-Ayerst is now
Weber ME. Sterility of Norplant Packaging-Reply. JAMA. 1991;266(17):2373. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470170061019