Preventing Contamination In Compounding Facilities

Compounding pharmacies come in many different shapes and sizes. They can consist of a pharmacist creating a drug under a doctor’s prescription or they can be pharmacy-type facilities that compound drugs and sell them like a manufacturer. Sporadic and serious infection outbreaks have been linked to compounding pharmacies outside of the hospital setting.1 These problems date back to as early as 1976.2 Despite attempts by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) to make compounding safer, problems still occur.

Personnel Aseptic Practices Training

Personnel Aseptic Practices Training

The primary purpose of cleanroom gowning is to protect the products and the processing environment from human contamination.Cleanroom gowning greatly reduces the microorganisms released by personnel.All personnel should be properly gowning qualified before entering the cleanroom, and the qualification should be performed by a trained analyst. The degree of gowning should get more complex as the cleanroom grades increase.

Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Irbesartan Tablets

Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc. issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Irbesartan and Irbesartan HCTZ Tablets Due to detection of a Trace Amount of Unexpected Impurity, N- nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) in the Products

Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc., dba Solco Healthcare LLC., has initiated a voluntary recall of one (1) lot of Irbesartan and seven (7) lots of Irbesartan HCTZ Tablets to the consumer level due to the detection of trace amount of an unexpected impurity found in an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals.

How should we Keep Cleanrooms Clean

Controlling microbial ingress into the cleanroom is a critical concern for the entire cleaning and disinfection process. Components, personnel, carts, tanks, tools, cleaning supplies, and instruments that are transferred into the clean area should be clean and free of contamination. Gross contamination is easier to prevent than to correct.

Updated Guidance for Compounding Facilities 503B

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is announcing the availability of a revised draft guidance entitled “Current Good Manufacturing Practice—Guidance for Human Drug Compounding Outsourcing Facilities Under Section 503B of the FD&C Act.” This revised draft guidance describes FDA’s policies regarding compounders registered under section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) as outsourcing facilities and the current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) requirements in FDA regulations. Based on feedback from stakeholders and comments received on the initial draft guidance, the guidance is being revised, in part, to reflect further consideration of how CGMP requirements should be applied in light of the size and scope of an outsourcing facility’s operations.

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Can an Isolator still be used without a Cleanroom

 

The answer is complicated.

Under the current USP 797 guidelines, a compounding aseptic isolator may be used as a substitute for a cleanroom if it is certified to meet ISO 5 under dynamic conditions.  Usually, the certifier will conduct particle tests and airflow studies while a technician is compounding and transferring materials.

Cleanroom Training and Evaluation

As cleanroom experts, we also provide on-site clean room training.

This is the table of contents for our, joint commission evaluated, clean room training manual.

 

This on-site training can be implemented in several ways.

Exposure to Hazardous Materials during Shipping and Receiving

 

Whether isolator or clean room based working areas, if were talking about both sterile and hazardous sterile preparations we recognize the first source of contamination and exposure risk.

The first known, is actually outside of the clean room and is the pre-cleaning station.