To protect the safety of the patient, the Joint Commission and United States Pharmacopeia (USP) advise to always spike IV bags in an ISO Class 5 Cleanroom environment. Following best practices for advance spiking of IV bags helps prevent microbial growth, safeguard the health of the patient, and preserve the beyond-use date (BUD), expiration date,… Learn More
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Pharmaceutical Compounding… Are you doing it Safely?
Practicing safe pharmaceutical compounding helps protect the pharmacist from exposure to harmful substances and particulate, as well as preserve the safety of the medication for the patient. Compounding entails the creation of a drug customized to meet the unique needs of an individual patient (Ref. 1). A compounding pharmacist uses a licensed physician’s prescription to… Learn More
Mail Processing Safety: Biohazard Control and Containment Hoods
As pathogens, particulate, viruses, and biohazards have become more common to be found in the mail, it is imperative now more than ever to ensure some safety measures and controls are in place to prevent these hazards. By the recommended guidelines of the U.S. Postal Service and OSHA, private mailroom operations that deal with any… Learn More
What is USP 800?
Is your pharmaceutical compounding facility ready for USP 800? The USP 800 is a newly implemented regulation designed to promote patient health, worker safety, and address environment concerns. USP 800 applies to all pharmacies, hospitals, patient treatment centers, patient treatment clinics, physician practice facilities, surgical centers, veterinarians, home health centers, and skilled nursing facilities that… Learn More
Economical, adaptive enclosures for simulated pharmacy training
The pharmaceutical industry in America is complex in that multiple agencies, both private and governmental, develop standards and regulations on everything from beta testing new drugs to compounding and selling approved medications. These standards are not only meant to protect the health and safety of end users, but also those who manipulate, manufacture, and package… Learn More
Fume Extraction for Electrical Potting and Encapsulating Compounds
Electrical components including PCBs, wires, and other assemblies require a form of “seal” to protect them from environmental exposures that could result in electrical shorts, sparks or complete electrical failure. There are a variety of products and techniques on the market used to create these seals. For today’s discussion we will focus on the product… Learn More
Local pharmacy impressed by Containment Hood, Technical Knowledge
A local pharmacy in Houston, TX recently purchased one of our Ductless Containment Hoods for their specialty compounding application. Like most compounding applications, their process generates fine powder-like particulate consisting of a variety of medication. Without a source of air capture and filtration this particulate becomes airborne and may be inhaled by pharmacists or technicians;… Learn More
Lab hoods in simulated pharmacies should be high-fidelity and cost-effective
From astronauts to big rig drivers, computer-simulated work environments are key to their professional success. Other professions also use simulated work environments but they do not rely solely on computers. Pharmacy simulation training Simulation-based training can increase therapeutic knowledge and enhance student performance in a risk-free environment.1 For example, many university pharmacy schools use computerized… Learn More
Custom compounding hoods for veterinary pharmacy
Similar to non-sterile pharmaceutical compounding for human medication, veterinary pharmacists use their vast knowledge and technical skill to create custom medications for each of their animal patients. One popular option is encapsulated medication, where a drug in powder form is enclosed in a non-flavored, hard, gelatinous shell that is easy for animals to swallow. These… Learn More
Reducing Exposure to Airborne Hormones during Compounding
Hormone therapy is commonly used to treat menopause symptoms in women. Though research into hormone therapy and its long term health effects have posed differing results over time, it is still a popular option to many who are looking to ease the symptoms of menopause. One treatment for hormone therapy is the use of pharmaceutical… Learn More