There is a variety of Closed-System Transfer-Devices (CSTD) on the market. CSTDs will not eliminate hazardous medication exposer 100% but hopefully will minimize it. By the end of the year, December 1, 2019, USP<800> will go into effect.

PHV member pharmacists—check for an email from Therese asking which CSTD you currently use or plan to use.

Pharmacy Times has 3 ways to help you prepare for these new rules:

Assign a project lead. Although USP <800> clearly states that it is the responsibility of all employees who handle HDs to understand the chapter’s requirements, for ideal stewardship, each practice should designate a person to oversee implementation of USP <800> procedures and compliance.

Identify HDs. Identify the HDs handled to ensure proper management in the future. Closely read the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s 2016 list of HDs to see which are classified as hazardous.

Assess how HDs traverse the practice. Obviously, it is important to thoroughly understand USP <800> requirements. Once comfortable with these requirements, focus on how HDs move through, from the point of receipt to inventory, storage, compounding, administration, and, finally, disposal. This will identify trouble spots where compliance is lacking.

For more information regarding pharmacy times and their article on USP<800>, check it out here.

Premier has contracts for your Cleanroom needs:  IV hood certification, new equipment, cleanroom supplies, etc.  For Premier Cleanroom contracts, contact Therese Caliendo at or 402-742-2207. 

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