Archives for August 2018

What is USP <800>?


Whenever new standards or regulations are put in place, it’s important to understand who developed them, what they are, and why they were developed.  The goal of the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP), the organization behind USP <800>, is “to improve global health through public standards and related programs that help ensure the quality, safety, and benefit of medicines and foods.” This same organization also sets standards for general pharmacy practice.

Percentage of USP 797 & USP 800 Compliance



Updated Compounding Rules Could Affect Cleanroom Design


While all three chapters address cleanrooms, USP <795> is the first (of two) to have its revisions made public and, accordingly, provides facility owners with the first opportunity to provide public comment or seek clarification. Section four of the Proposed Revision to GC <795>, which covers Buildings and Facilities, states:

503B Audits and Services





Under the FCDA Act, outsourcing facilities register with, and are regulated and inspected by FDA as 503B outsourcing facilities. An outsourcing facility will be able to qualify for exemptions from the FDA approval requirements and the requirement to label products with adequate directions for use, but not the exemption from CGMP requirements.

USP Compounding General Chapters Now Available for Public Comment


USP Compounding General Chapters are now available for public comment. The USP team has scheduled an Open Microphone session for September 5, 2018. During the Open Microphone session, USP will highlight changes in the proposed revised standard and answer stakeholder questions about the approach and methodology of the revision.

Choosing Proper PPE for USP <800>

This article discusses appropriate hazardous drug (HD) personal protective equipment (PPE) for USP <800> compliance, including gloves, gowns, shoe covers, sleeve covers, donning and doffing, and PPE disposal. It also covers the appropriate respiratory protection, eye and face protection, and hair covers.