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Unpacking USP 800
Healthcare Design
Healthcare workers who handle hazardous drugs, such as those used to treat cancer, are exposed to harmful chemicals that can pose some serious health risks: infertility, spontaneous abortions, congenital malformations, cancer, immune disorders — and the list goes on.  READ MORE

4 steps for timely USP <800> compliance
DDD Magazine
On July 1, 2018, United States Pharmacopeia’s (USP) general chapter <800> will become enforceable. For those who are unfamiliar, the rule "provides standards for safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients, and environments." While the rule was published more than a year ago, many facilities to which it applies — including labs that handle hazardous drugs — are behind the ball when it comes to compliance.  READ MORE

Quality-of-practice standards for handling hazardous drugs: What you should know
Pharmacy Times
Each year, more than 8 million U.S. healthcare personnel are potentially exposed to hazardous medications. Since the 1970s, the literature has indicated the possible harmful effects on health care workers from low-level work-related exposure to any of more than 200 medications that are considered hazardous drugs (HDs). Acute and chronic health effects have been reported, including headaches, ocular problems, rashes, hair loss, adverse reproductive health, and increased cancer risk.  READ MORE

PDA calls for radical changes and improvements to pharmacy regulation
Pharmacy in Focus
The government are consulting on the future of Healthcare professional regulatory bodies including the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in a move that is likely to have significant impact on pharmacy in the UK. The PDA will be responding to this consultation in detail and will publish its response in due course. However, the PDA is clear that it wants to see a proposal for regulation that is fair, transparent and effective in how it protects patients and their health.  READ MORE

New leadership training for pharmacy technicians
The Pharmaceutical Journal
As health department considers allowing “registered pharmacy professionals” to supervise the sale of prescription-only medicines, NHS England launches pilot leadership training scheme in 25 pharmacies.  READ MORE

New CDC study shows many healthcare providers reuse syringes, needles, and single-dose vials for multiple patients
A new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigating the prevalence of reusing syringes, needles, and vials for multiple patients was recently published and brings to light some very important points about keeping patients safe. The study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, surveyed both physicians and nurses to determine how often these practices are used.  READ MORE

Creating a transparent supply chain for prescription drugs
Theft and counterfeiting are two of the most concerning issues threatening the pharmaceutical industry, with dangerous counterfeit drugs representing 10 percent to 30 percent of available drugs in developing countries. Additionally, estimates place the cost of pharmaceutical theft to shippers and transporters at $30 billion a year, with averages of $4 million per loss — a clear deficit that needs to be resolved.  READ MORE

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