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Misinterpretation of United States Pharmacopeia Chapter <797>

Author(s):  McElhiney Linda F

Issue:  Jan/Feb 2012 - Volume 16, Number 1
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Abstract:  By now, all compounding pharmacists should be aware that United States Pharmacopeia Chapter <797> has been revised. However, the revisions are tedious to read and may be misinterpreted. This article discusses some of the misinterpreted revisions of United States Pharmacopeia Chapter <797> and clarifies the revisions on the topics of Terminology, The Compounder, Facilities and Environment, Personnel Cleansing and Garbing, Assigning Beyond-use Dates, and Testing. Compounders need to take a firm stand with these misinterpretations of United States Pharmacopeia Chapter <797> and educate those who are not thoroughly familiar with the document. Compounders need to be diligent in following these standards to prevent harm to the patients.

Related Keywords: Linda F. McElhiney, PharmD, RPh, FIACP, FASHP, United States Pharmacopeia Chapter <797>, USP, compounded sterile preparations, compounding facilities, garb, beyond-use dates, contamination, testing

Related Categories: ENVIRONMENTAL , STERILE PREPARATIONS, UNITED STATES PHARMACOPEIA CONVENTIONS, PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

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