Q. Re- last question (3026) on Horav Miller’s stringent opinion regarding the Shabbat puncturing of the small orifice opening of a cardboard ‘juice box’ container using the plastic straw provided,
I’m a nurse that sometimes has to be in the hospital during Shabbat. When I have to administer an injection or inoculation, I usually ask another Gentile nurse to do so, while I help by puncturing the medicine bottle with the hypodermic needle, (following the instructions on question ). Now it appears that even puncturing with a needle the bottle, is prohibited. Is that correct?
A. Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that it one may pierce the medicine container top using the hypodermic needle, since as opposed to the ‘juice box’ containers, the bottles and their covers are clearly two separate parts.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Shlomo Miller and Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a