Vaccine Information: BCG VACCINE (Page 3 of 3)

Pediatric Dose

Do not administer INTRAVENOUSLY, SUBCUTANEOUSLY, INTRAMUSCULARLY, OR INTRADERMALLY. Administer the vaccine in the deltoid region.

In infants less than 1 month old, the dosage of BCG VACCINE should be reduced by one-half, by using 2 mL of Sterile Water for Injection, USP at 4-25°C (39-77°F) when reconstituting. If a vaccinated infant remains tuberculin negative to 5 TU on skin testing, and if indications for vaccination persist, the infant should receive a full dose after 1 year of age.


BCG VACCINE is supplied in a box of one single-dose vial of BCG. Each vial contains 1 to 8 × 108 CFU, which is equivalent to approximately 50 mg (wet weight), as lyophilized (freeze-dried) powder, NDC 0052-0603-02.

Multiple puncture devices may be obtained separately from the Order Management Center, Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, 351 North Sumneytown Pike, North Wales, PA 19454-2505, Telephone number: 800-637-2579.


The intact vials of BCG VACCINE should be stored refrigerated at 2-8°C (36-46°F).

This agent contains live bacteria and should be protected from direct sunlight. The product should not be used after the expiration date printed on the label.


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(for Percutaneous Use)
Instructions for Use

Please read this leaflet carefully before administering BCG VACCINE. The vaccine is to be administered after fully explaining the risks and benefits to the vaccinee, parent, or guardian. BCG vaccination should not be given to individuals previously infected with M. tuberculosis. The sterile, single-use multiple puncture device is for use with the BCG VACCINE only.

The vaccine should only be administered percutaneously utilizing the supplied sterile, single-use multiple puncture device. Do not inject intravenously, subcutaneously, intramuscularly, or intradermally. The multiple puncture device consists of a plastic holder for a thin, wafer-like stainless steel plate from which 36 points protrude (Figure 1).
Figure 1
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Figure 1

After the vaccine is prepared, clean the skin site with an alcohol or acetone sponge and allow to dry thoroughly.
Administer the vaccine in the deltoid region (Figure 2). Position the arm to maintain a horizontal surface where the vaccine is to be placed.
Figure 2
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Figure 2

Drop the immunizing dose of 0.2–0.3 mL of BCG VACCINE from the syringe and needle onto the cleansed surface of the skin (Figure 3) and spread over a 1″ by 2″ area using the smooth edge of the multiple puncture device (Figure 4).
Figure 3 Figure 4
Figure 3 Figure 4
Grasp the arm firmly from underneath, tensing the skin. Center the multiple puncture device over the vaccine and apply firm downward pressure such that the device points are well buried in the skin (Figure 5).
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Figure 5

Maintain pressure for 5 seconds. Do not “rock” the device. Release the pressure underneath the arm and remove the device. In a successful procedure the points puncture the skin. If the points do not puncture the skin, the puncture procedure must be repeated.
After successful puncture, spread vaccine as evenly as possible over the puncture area with the smooth edge of the device (Figure 4). An additional 1–2 drops of BCG VACCINE may be added to ensure a very wet vaccination site.
Use the multiple puncture device once and discard in a standard biohazardous sharps container.
Loosely cover the site and keep dry for 24 hours.
Advise the patient that the vaccine contains live organisms. Although the vaccine will not survive in a dry state for long, infection of others is possible.

Caution: Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician.

Multiple puncture devices may be obtained separately from the Order Management Center, Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, 351 North Sumneytown Pike, North Wales, PA 19454-2505, Telephone number: 800-637-2579.

Manufactured for:
Merck Teknika LLC, Durham, NC 27712, USA

For patent information:

Copyright © 2021-2022 Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, and its affiliates.
All rights reserved.




NDC 0052-0603-02


(for Percutaneous Use)

Rx only

Single-Dose Vial

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bacillus calmette-guerin substrain tice live antigen injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution
Product Information
Product Type VACCINE Item Code (Source) NDC:0052-0603
Route of Administration PERCUTANEOUS DEA Schedule
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
citric acid monohydrate
potassium phosphate, unspecified form
ferric ammonium citrate
# Item Code Package Description Multilevel Packaging
1 NDC:0052-0603-02 1 VIAL in 1 CARTON contains a VIAL (0052-0603-01)
1 NDC:0052-0603-01 1 INJECTION, POWDER, LYOPHILIZED, FOR SOLUTION in 1 VIAL This package is contained within the CARTON (0052-0603-02)
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
BLA BLA103050 06/21/1989
Labeler — Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC (118446553)

Revised: 09/2022 Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC

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