In reviewing the summary findings of the 2016 USP <797> Compliance Study, it is clear that over the 6 years since this study began, there has been slow but measurable improvement in some specific areas of sterile compounding practice. Nonetheless, Chapter <797> has been in existence for over a decade and disturbing gaps in compliance still exist. The chapter sets the minimum standard for sterile compounding practice in the United States. It was, and still is, our belief that pharmacies would aspire at first to meet the requirements and then work to exceed the requirements. That has yet to happen for many facilities.
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