Traditionally, the process of creating compounded sterile preparations (CSPs) is one of the least automated in hospital pharmacy practice. Given the required resources, detailed preparation process, and overall cost related to CSP production, many pharmacies choose to outsource the task. However, pharmacies that outsource must consider the impact of relinquishing control over a process that has the potential to cause significant patient injury. Fortunately, compounding automation has matured in recent years, introducing sophisticated solutions for various stages in the CSP process and providing pharmacies an opportunity to review their approaches to compounding sterile preparations.
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