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
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Read content about powder containment hoods and how the removal of fume, toxins, and particulate can be an integral part of the integrity of your powder containment practices.
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
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
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They may look like flashes of light, quickly here then gone, but sparks are actually bits of very hot metal. One reason we know this is the work of early researcher Robert Hooke. In this case, early means 17th century. (More info about Hooke at the end of this post.) Spark reducers can trap or… Learn More
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
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) recommends annual external maintenance checks of all portable fire extinguishers. In addition, OSHA has set internal maintenance requirements based on type of extinguisher. See below chart: Type of Extinguisher Test Interval (years) Soda acid (soldered brass shells) (until 1/1/82) (1) Soda acid (stainless steel shell) 5 Cartridge operated… Learn More
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
Compounding pharmacists are responsible for procuring and establishing a variety of engineering safety controls and precautionary measures to protect themselves and staff members from the hazards of working with non-sterile compounding ingredients and powders. One major occupational hazard that presents itself during these compounding procedures is the potential for drug inhalation, especially when working with… Learn More
Silica, hydraulic fracking in the news Crystalline silica in the work place is in the news this month because investigation by public health officials indicates it may be a health hazard for workers involved in hydraulic fracturing [fracking]. OSHA hopes to issue new silica regulations this spring.  Silica is found in soils, rocks and… Learn More