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Q&A with Jeannell M. Mansur, RPh, PharmD, FASHP, FSMSO, CJCPPrincipal ConsultantMedication Management and SafetyJoint Commission Resources Pharmacy Purchasing & Products: What are the top areas of noncompliance with USP <797>? Jeannell M. Mansur, RPh, PharmD, FASHP, FSMSO, CJCP: In 2018, The Joint Commission began surveying sterile compounding practices for compliance to... Read more
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Buoyed by solid user satisfaction rates, IV workflow management tools are enjoying increasing growth in terms of both current adoptions as well as rates of implementations under consideration. Forty percent of those pharmacies without this important safety technology are now considering introducing IV workflow tools into the cleanroom, whereas 5 years prior, just 17% of facilities had IV workflow... Read more
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Q&A with Lee B. Murdaugh, RPh, PhD Director of Accreditation and Medication Safety Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions   Pharmacy Purchasing & Products: Which areas in the pharmacy must be cleaned under USP <800> requirements? Lee B. Murdaugh, RPh, PhD: All areas where hazardous drugs (HDs) are handled must be cleaned, including the following: HD compounding... Read more
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It is common practice for hospital pharmacies to utilize the services of an outsourced compounder. According to Pharmacy Purchasing & Products’ 2019 State of Pharmacy Compounding survey, reliance on outsourced compounding services is widespread among facilities of all sizes, and is particularly strong in facilities with more than 100 beds (see FIGURE 1).1 Outsourcing can certainly be a... Read more
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It has commonly been posited that because USP <800> requires CSTD use during drug administration, the adoption of CSTDs on the nursing units should serve as a prompt for pharmacy to also adopt these devices and then harmonize both nursing and pharmacy HD handling standard operating procedures. And yet, the data suggests just the opposite: CSTDs are currently in use in 91% of pharmacies compounding... Read more

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