Logical Approach Enhances Safety, Protects Patients
Requirements for handling of hazardous drugs (HDs) have been part of US Pharmacopeia (USP) chapter <797> since 2004. They appear separately in general chapter USP <800>, which was officially released in 2016 and became official on December 1, 2019. USP <800> was implemented to oversee the handling of HDs and promote environmental protection and patient and worker safety. Now that USP <800> is surveyable, officials can see how organizations are doing with complying with the receipt, storage, compounding, dispensing, and administration of HDs. For pharmacies to address USP <800> issues, an internal review would need to be conducted of engineering controls, environmental quality, personal protective equipment (PPE), and more. This list of considerations may appear overwhelming, but it is critical to address them, keeping in mind the hierarchy of controls. To identify a manageable starting point for a facility, pharmacists can use a checklist in the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist’s (ASHP) Pharmacy Quick Reference Guide
Kenneth Maxik, Craig Kimble & Alberto Coustasse. Logical Approach Enhances Safety, Protects Patients. Pharmacy Times. Jan. 29, 2021.