USP Eases the Pressure to Improve Hazardous Drug Management

Meir Rinde
Published: Friday, Nov 03, 2017
Bruce Hayton, MD

Bruce Hayton, MD
Practice manager Andrea Anderson can tick off the hazardous drug–handling rules that her office does not satisfy, according to her understanding of pending United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) General Chapter <800> standards. For starters, the hood for handling biologics isn’t vented to the outdoors, and there’s no negative-pressure room to safely contain and exhaust potentially tainted air. The clinic uses the wrong type of shelving and has no anteroom, no scrubbable walls, and no place to separately store hazardous and nonhazardous drugs.
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