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Pharmacy Compounding Urban Legends

Author(s):  Kastango Eric S

Issue:  Jan/Feb 2006 - Sports Medicine
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Abstract:  This article reviews and clarifies a small sampling of the myths, or urban legends, about compounding. Included are comments on United States Pharmacopeia Chapter <797>, environmental issues related to sterile compounding, and suggested resources for clarification of some of these myths. This article recommends a knowledge-based partnership between compounding pharmacists and pharmaceutical manufacturers to improve compounding activities and quality assurance methods to ensure that compounded medications are safe.

Related Keywords: Eric S. Kastango, RPh, MBA, FASHP, urban myths, quality assurance, United States Pharmacopeia, USP, controlled environment, US Food and Drug Administration, cleanrooms, sterile preparations, HEPA filters, HEPA filtered air, ISO standards, gloves, aseptictechnique


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