February 2020

Collaborating for Better
USP 800 Compliance

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Chapter 800, titled “Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings,” was released in 2016 and became enforceable in  December 2019. A recent study published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy outlined a pharmacy department–led USP 800 compliance collaborative initiative and the steps taken in order to achieve compliance. Read more


Properly Disposing of Unwanted, Unused, or Expired Medications
The home medicine cabinet is one of the most common sources for misused prescription drugs. In 2018, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health Survey reported roughly 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. Additionally, the accumulation of unused medications results in a loss of economic resources in a healthcare system with rising expenditures. Read more.

Preparing Personnel and Facilities for USP 797 and 800
The USP Chapters 797 and 800 promote safety and prevent patient harm by warranting sterility and accuracy of all compounded sterile products. A recent study published in Hospital Pharmacy sought to develop and implement a standardized sterile compounding training program in a multihospital system to incorporate sterile compounding best practices and recommendations in compliance with USP Chapters 797 and 800 standards. Read more.

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