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Tips for Cleanroom Construction and Renovation

Author(s):  Mixon William, Huffman Lanny

Issue:  Mar/Apr 2009 - Sterile Compounding
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Abstract:  The installation or renovation of a cleanroom is an increasing priority among compounders who, to offer sterile preparations, must comply with the most recent version of United States Pharmacopeia revised General Chapter <797> guidelines. To upgrade their pharmacy facilities, many compounders have worked successfully with a large-scale mechanical engineering firm or a specialized construction company dedicated to cleanroom installation. However, a qualified local mechanical contractor with design capability is a valuable and often overlooked resource for the construction of customized state-of-the-art cleanrooms. In this report, we describe the installation of such a facility in a busy pharmacy and suggest ways in which compounding pharmacists can identify competent local contractors and control the cost of construction and upgrades. The addition of a cleanroom has enabled The Compounding Pharmacy in Hickory, North Carolina, to achieve accreditation from Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board.

Related Categories: BUSINESS, ENVIRONMENTAL , STERILE PREPARATIONS, QUALITY CONTROL, UNITED STATES PHARMACOPEIA CONVENTIONS

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