There is a looming deadline on December 1, 2019 and that is the implementation of USP chapter <800>-Hazardous Drugs, Handling in Healthcare Settings. State Boards of Pharmacy (SBOP) are forming task forces and committees to determine if their state will fully implement the chapter or if they will only implement certain components of the chapters. And yet there are other states that are unsure what to do and may push the enforcement further down the timeline. Regardless of what your SBOP has determined regarding USP <800> enforcement, it is still wise to examine the risks associated with niosh listed hazardous drug chemical handling in your entity. Mitigating risk may not be at the forefront of your mindset, but like the USP <800> deadline, the issue of chemical exposure risk is looming in all healthcare facilities that handle hazardous drugs (HDs).
This paper covers how to perform a hazardous drug risk assessment in the compounding pharmacy.
About the Author
Bryan Prince, MBA is the owner and lead consultant at Lab·Red Pharmacy Consultants. His early career in containment technology allowed him access to pharmaceutical labs around the U.S. where he gleaned extensive knowledge of chemical handling technique and safety strategies. In 2012 he started visiting compounding pharmacies to observe workflow habits and share his knowledge, which led to writing articles for the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding (IJPC). Bryan has been invited to speak at conferences on “Quality, Safety, and Workflow in the Compounding Pharmacy” for the American College of Apothecaries and PCCA. Most recently he has spoken on "Facility and Engineering Controls Using USP 800 Guidelines" for the ACA and IACP. He is also a contributor to the ACHC’s USP 800 education conferences and webinars.More Content by Bryan Prince