On February 1, 2016, the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) will publish Chapter 800, Hazardous Drugs - Handling in Healthcare Settings, which provides standards to protect personnel and the environment when handling hazardous drugs.
Compounded medicines, which are drugs mixed to meet an individual patient’s needs, play an essential role in the treatment of patients. In the past, compounding was typically done within the hospital pharmacy.
An article in September’s Pharmacy Purchasing & Products highlights how performing compounding inside pharmacy gloveboxes (aka, compounding aseptic isolators, or CAIs) has made workflows more efficient and increased flexibility during hospital layout changes.
Clean air and containment equipment plays a critical role in day-to-day pharmacy operations, especially for the preparation of sterile injectable drugs.
Chapter 797 in Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations issued by the US Pharmacopeia (
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