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New proposed USP <800>: Hazardous drugs handling
Pharmacy Purchasing & Products
USP <800> Hazardous Drugs — Handling in Healthcare Settings was posted as a proposed new USP General Chapter on March 28, 2014. The purpose of <800> is to protect health care personnel and the environment when handling hazardous drugs.
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Understanding the new proposed USP Chapter <800>
Pharmacy Purchasing & Products
Each year, approximately eight million US health care workers are potentially exposed to hazardous drugs (HDs). The subject of worker exposure to HDs has been discussed since the early 1970s, when chemotherapy was mixed on countertops or in horizontal laminar airflow workbenches that blew HD-contaminated air into the room, directly at compounding personnel. General Chapter <800> was published electronically in the May–June issue of Pharmacopeial Forum. Public review and comments will be accepted through July 31, 2014.
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Stricter regulations for Michigan's compounding pharmacies possible
Michigan Radio
The fungal meningitis outbreak isn't that far behind us. Two years ago, a Massachusetts compounding facility sold tainted steroid medications around the country. What happened was disastrous: 22 Michigan residents lost their lives to meningitis and more than 260 were infected. New legislation could prevent that from happening again. A bill sponsored by Michigan Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, may be voted on this week. It calls for more background checks on compounding pharmacies and more facility inspections.
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Needlestick risk linked to stickers on syringes from compounding pharmacies
Healio
Placement of adhesive stickers directly onto syringes at compounding pharmacies resulted in increased risk of needlestick injuries, according to a study.
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Stricter regulations for Michigan's compounding pharmacies possible
Michigan Radio
The fungal meningitis outbreak isn't that far behind us. Two years ago, a Massachusetts compounding facility sold tainted steroid medications around the country. What happened was disastrous: 22 Michigan residents lost their lives to meningitis and more than 260 were infected. New legislation could prevent that from happening again. A bill sponsored by Michigan Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg, may be voted on this week. It calls for more background checks on compounding pharmacies and more facility inspections.
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Analysis suggests drug combination may effectively treat ovarian cancer
National Institutes of Health
Significant improvement with the use of a combination drug therapy for recurrent ovarian cancer was reported at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago. This is the first ovarian cancer study to use a combination of drugs that could be taken orally. The drugs were tested in a phase I combination study followed by a randomized phase 2 trial sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.
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Clean Air Essentials

IsoTech Design is pleased to introduce its new sister company: Clean Air Essentials. The company is focused on consumables used in sterile compounding, chemo compounding, hormone compounding and environmental monitoring and on SOPs for USP 797 compliance.

Check our offers on the Essentials kit, Safety kit and sleeve kit, and ask for our latest standard operating procedures for your clean air environment.



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