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Quality Control Analytical Methods: A Growing Codependency: Compounding Pharmacy and Safety

Author(s):  Prince Bryan, Lundeval Jeremy

Issue:  Nov/Dec 2013 - Volume 17, Number 6
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Abstract:  Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are in constant contact with potent compounds. When compounding with powders, there is a susceptibility to environmental conditions such that proper containment be in place to keep the employees safe, the medicine free from cross contamination or the introduction of outside contaminants, and the workplace free from floating active pharmaceutical ingredient particles. Adapting powder hoods as safety devices that work in direct relation to clearly defined standard operating procedures and good lab practices will facilitate a safer lab environment for employees and ensure good-quality prescriptions. This article discusses the safety concerns of compounding with powders and the safety measures to consider when purchasing powder hoods.

Related Keywords: Bryan Prince, Jeremy Lundevall, CPhT, quality control, employee safety, environmental contaminants, workplace safety, airborne particles, powder hoods, dry powders, personnel exposure, micronized powders, chemical hazard, personal protective equipment, standard operating procedures, SOPs, good laboratory practices, cost benefit

Related Categories: ENVIRONMENTAL , LEGAL, UNITED STATES PHARMACOPEIA CONVENTIONS

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