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PCAB Collaborates on Consensus Statement on Handling of Hazardous Drugs per USP Chapter

Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB), a service of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), has collaborated with industry leaders to develop a consensus statement on the handling of hazardous drugs per USP Chapter guidelines. Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB), a service of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), has collaborated with industry leaders to develop …

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Safety issues at compounding pharmacy underscore oversight problems

In March FDA issued a health alert recommending that doctors and patients should toss sterile medicines made by the Texas compounder IV Specialty. The agency found numerous safety issues during an inspection earlier this year, but IV Specialty refused an agency recommendation to halt production or issue a recall until the problems were fixed. FDA, …

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Two Pharmacy Rules to Prevent Drug Contamination in 2016

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare industry has introduced a number of regulatory changes to improve patient care. In the past year, following a string of deadly compounding errors, such as a New England meningitis outbreak that resulted in 64 patient deaths, many such changes have focused on standardized guidelines for …

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Safe handling of hazardous drugs: USP publishes new chapter

A new general chapter from the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) will do more to ensure hazardous drugs are handled properly. General Chapter <800>, Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings, published in February 2016, was developed to protect health care workers, including pharmacists, from residual exposure in health care settings. The mandatory rule applies to every site …

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Handling Hazardous Drugs: USP in Pharmacy Practice

Recently, the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) proposed a new General Chapter 800: “Hazardous Drugs: Handling in the Healthcare Settings.” There has been mixed reaction to this proposal across the profession. We will see what the compounding expert committee recommends, but the controversy provides an opportunity to reflect on the role of USP in pharmacy practice.USP’s The …

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USP 800/Containment Segregated Compounding Area Products

USP 800 COMPLIANCE FOR HOSPITAL and PHARMACIES USP 800 also known as USP Chapter <800> will update the current USP 797 regulations regarding the handling of hazardous drugs in compounding pharmacies, hospital pharmacies and medical centers. These new regulations and guidelines will offer more protection to pharmacists and workers to ensure safe handling of chemotherapy and other hazardous …

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