Vial Hugger


Dr Weng-Onn Chan, MBBS

Ophthalmology Registrar, Royal Adelaide Hospital


The Vial Hugger is a medical accessory invented by local ophthalmologists at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The device conveniently docks with 1.5 mL vials (Eylea, Lucentis), locking them into place securely with a simple push.

Following numerous prototype iterations with varying size and weight, the current design was finalized by Adelaide-based ScanOptics with strong consideration for aesthetics, safety and practicality. The weighted device allows a single operator to draw up a liquid drug from the vial while maintaining sterility.

Greatly reducing the risk of needlestick injury, the Vial Hugger has been extensively tested in clinical practice and is hand-machined from a solid piece of anodised aluminium, with an adjustable resistance pin in the well providing a secure locking mechanism.

AusHealth Research's Contribution

AusHealth Research funded the design and production manufacturing of the Vial Hugger, which is now available for sale on our website.

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