Year: 2019

Basic Cleanroom Protocol

Basic Cleanroom Protocol

Basic cleanroom protocol programs are based on the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (IEST) recommended practices for contamination control and the ISO 14644 series of international standards for cleanrooms and associated controlled environments. The focus of any protocol program is to protect the integrity of the cleanroom and the products and processes in the …

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Attaining compliance with USP

Attaining compliance with USP Chapters is of great concern within the practice of sterile compounding, as the process can be quite daunting and also expensive. This is especially true in small and/or rural facilities. Having more than one large project occurring at a given time requires a division of focus, and there is a risk …

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Developing a Robust Compounding Strategy

  Developing a Robust Compounding Strategy is critical to ensuring patients have access to properly compounded medications, but because each organization’s needs differ, a one-size-fits-all solution cannot be applied to every hospital. A careful evaluation of the institution’s requirements, the available infrastructure for compounding medications in-house, and any registered 503B compounding facilities in the vicinity …

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Preventable Workplace Hazards

The degree of danger that pharmacy workers are subject to depends on the kind of pharmacy they work in and its location. Pharmacists can be employed in community-, retail-, and hospital-based pharmacies, among others. Each of these workplace settings brings different hazards that need to be addressed to prevent harm. 1. Biological HazardsContact with patients …

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Cleaning Program under the Revised Propositions

Cleaning Program under the Revised Propositions The proposed revisions to USP <795>, USP <797>, as well as proposed USP <800>, all include sections devoted to cleaning and surface sampling. Proposed/Revised USP <795> defines cleaning as: The process of removing soil (eg, organic and inorganic material) from objects and surfaces, normally accomplished by manually or mechanically …

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SOPs for USP Pharmacy

Achieving and maintaining SOPs for USP Pharmacy General Chapter <800> Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings is a continuous effort that requires unremitting attention and maintenance, including staff training, performance review, documentation, and quality improvement efforts. Developing comprehensive policies and procedures (P&Ps) and standard operating procedures (SOPs) is critical to ensuring compliance with the chapter (see TABLE: Recommended …

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Trends in USP Compliance

With less than a year to go until USP <800> becomes enforceable, a significant effort is required for many facilities to achieve compliance with this chapter. For many attaining full compliance will require an investment in facility upgrades, purchases of new PECs, and a renewed focus on staff training. Certainly progress has been made in adopting …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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